Conflict In The Great Gatsby

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1. The first chapter in "The Great Gatsby" provides crucial elements that formulate the rest of the plot. Just one element that I believed was crucial to the plotline in the first chapter was the telephone call during dinner. This moment notifies that readers as well as the characters what sort of life Tom and Daisy Buchanan have among themselves. It divulges Tom's character, as well as introducing the first conflict in the plot. The information revealed here helps drive the rest of the plot.

2. In the first chapter of "The Great Gatsby" Nick, the story's narrator divulges some information on what sort of man he is. Raised in an upper class family, he describes himself as a non-judgemental man, who was taught by his father to be careful with
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Jordan Baker is the athletic and svelt friend of Daisy Buchanan. A famous golfer, she attempts to give off the impression that everything is too dull to peak her interest. She also shows that she is completely self-sufficient, and often comes off as being rather brusk. Nick reveals that he enjoys looking at her body – along with having the lean and slender body of an athlete, she holds herself very errect, rather like a soldier. However, he is mostly intrigued by her personality. She suprises him with her unconventional charm, as well as her discontentment and apparent feeling of superiority to the situation she is in. He is drawn to her perhaps because she too comes off as being displaced in this world they have both been thrown in, and he feels like he can relate to her because of…show more content…
He thinks Tom is a hard, cruel man, who is arrogant and aggressive.


1. I find the most crucial element of the plot in chapter 2 to be when Tom breaks Myrtle's nose. Not only does it provide a quick change to the plot (going from happiness and gayety to violence and pain), but it also provides a glimpse to the hidden meanings in "The Great Gatsby". Leading up to this point in the chapter, Myrtle (Tom's lover) is trying very hard to make herself equal to the higher class people that she so wants to be. We see hints of this when she invites her friends over to see the decadence of her apartment, and also when she changes her clothes from the common, middle-class dress, to an elaborate, cream-colored chiffon dress. As the evening progresses, she becomes more and more drunk, and therefore more belligerent. She gains a false sense of social superiority. However, Tom eventually reminds her of her place in life. In this scene, she intoxicatingly shouts Daisy's name over and over again, until she is eventually silenced by Tom's hand hitting her face, and breaking her nose. I feel like this is one of the most important elements of the plot in this chapter because not only does it remind the reader
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