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The Great Gatsby - Essay 7

  • Date Submitted: 01/14/2012 04:33 PM
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Plot development
Major points that happened in this chapter
Nick lists all of the people who attended Gatsby’s parties that summer, a roll call of the nation’s most wealthy and powerful people.
Gatsby tells Nick about his past
In the city, Gatsby takes Nick to lunch and introduces him to Meyer Wolfshiem. Gatsby’s car speeds through the valley of ashes and enters the city. When a policeman pulls Gatsby over for speeding, Gatsby shows him a white card and the policeman apologizes for bothering him.
Wolfshiem is a shady character with underground business connections.(this is the first time we see Wolfshiem in the book).
After the lunch in New York, Nick sees Jordan Baker, who finally tells him the details of her mysterious conversation with Gatsby at the party. She relates that Gatsby told her that he is in love with Daisy Buchanan.
According to Jordan, Gatsby has asked her to convince Nick to arrange a reunion between Gatsby and Daisy. Because he is terrified that Daisy will refuse to see him, Gatsby wants Nick to invite Daisy to tea. Without Daisy’s knowledge, Gatsby intends to come to the tea at Nick’s house as well, surprising her and forcing her to see him.
Analysis and the significance of this chapter.
Chapter 4 is mostly about Gatsby's past, as he talks about it to nick.
The luncheon with Wolfshiem gives Nick the impression that Gatsby’s fortune may not have been obtained honestly.
Nick sees that if Gatsby has connections with such shady characters as Wolfshiem, he might be involved in organized crime or bootlegging.
For Gatsby, who is known to throw the most exquisite parties of all and who seems richer than anyone else, to have ties to the world of bootleg alcohol would only make him a more perfect symbol of the strange combination of moral corruption and the ever disappearing American dream that Fitzgerald portrays as the spirit of 1920s America.
Chapter 4 shows a matter of great personal meaning for Gatsby: the object of his hope, the green...

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