Chapter 4 Analysis Of 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…show more content…
I find the most crucial moment of the plot in chapter 4 to be the exchange between Nick and Jordon Baker about the background of Daisy and Gatsby. This part of the chapter is the most revealing about the character's backgrounds and motives. It is in this moment we realize that Daisy and Gatsby had a romantic background, as well as the fact that they lost each other, which is what has driven Gatsby to situate himself close to Daisy's house – so as to be near her. It is also in this moment that we realize why Gatsby throws such extravagent parties at his house – he has the hope that one day, she will be among the many guests who arrive. He entertains people he doesn't know and doesn't care about, all for the sake of a lost love. It is also at the end of this conversation that it is revealed the true meaning of Gatsby's interference in Nick and Jordon's lives – he hopes they can arrange a meeting for tea at Nick's house, in which Gatsby could "casually" stop by and see her. I feel like this was the most important aspect to the plot in this chapter, as it not only discloses a substantial amount of information, but it also gives more depth and understanding to Daisy and Gatsby, who reveal that there is more to them than what meets the eye. It also sets up a crucial element for the plot in the next chapter – when Daisy and Gatsby meet after so many years…show more content…
The green light at the end of the novel, symbolizes the hopes and dreams of society. Gatsby until his death reached for his dream. Even when everything seemed lost, he chased his dream. In this way, it serves a reminder of how each and everyone of us has dreams that we are chasing for. We in essence beat against the current, going against every odd to reach our dream, even if that means trying to change the past. However, are we like Gatsby where we lose reality during the attempt to chase our dreams? And do we ever feel like we are being held hostage by the past, continuallr working to get back to better times and missing the joy of the present? Thus, the green light represents the dream of the future – it may cause us to fight against everything, including our past and reality to reach it. We see proof of this when Nick says "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter – tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms
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