The Great Gatsby Essay

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In chapter 6 of The Great Gatsby, a reporter comes to Gatsby’s door to interview him about his personal life. Jay Gatsby’s original name was James Gatz and he was born on a North Dakota farm but went to college in St. Olaf, Minnesota. He dropped out of college and later met the wealthy Dan Cody who hired him as a personal assistant. When Dan Cody died he left Gatsby $25,000, but his mistress prevented Gatsby from claiming it. After that, Gatsby was determined to become rich and successful. Later on, Nick visits Gatsby and is shocked to find Tom Buchanan there, and the next Saturday Tom and Daisy attend one of Gatsby’s parties. After the party Gatsby is worried that Daisy did not enjoy it and ...view middle of the document...

Dan Cody was a wealthy successful man while Gatsby was a poor boy. Dan Cody is mentioned first when Jay is out fishing, “He had changed it…when he saw Dan Cody’s yacht drop anchor over the most insidious flat on Lake Superior” (98). Dan Cody is described as this, “Cody was fifty years old then, a product of the Nevada silver fields, of the Yukon, of every rush for metal since seventy-five” (99). This symbol is important to the novel because it gave Gatsby his determination to become wealthy and catch Daisy’s eye again.
In chapter 7 of The Great Gatsby Nick finds out that Gatsby had stopped throwing parties every weekend, fired all his servants, and then replaced them with people connected to the shady Meyer Wolfshiem. Nick goes to lunch at Daisy and Tom’s house while Gatsby and Jordan are already there and Daisy shows off her daughter to a surprised Gatsby who didn’t believe the child existed. Since it is the hottest day of the year the group agrees to drive to the city and Nick, Tom, and Jordan stop at Wilson’s garage where they learn he knows about his wife’s affair. They meet up with Daisy and Gatsby at the hotel where Tom and Gatsby finally get their feelings out in the open. After Tom won the argument he sent Daisy and Gatsby back to Long Island and Nick realizes it is his thirtieth birthday. Tom, Jordan, and Nick head home to find out that Myrtle was killed by being run over and Tom assumes that Gatsby was driving. At the end of the chapter Gatsby is waiting outside the Buchanan’s home watching over Daisy; he sends Nick to check on them and he finds that Daisy and Tom have made up and leaves Gatsby alone.
The quote that best describes Tom Buchanan is, “I suppose the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr. Nobody from Nowhere make love to your wife…next they’ll throw everything overboard and have intermarriage between black and white” (130). The good qualities of Tom Buchanan are that he is proud and strong-willed. The bad qualities about Tom are that he is a tormentor, cruel, disloyal, and arrogant. Fitzgerald uses Tom to show how people from higher social classes can think they are better than others just because they are wealthier. Additionally, he stands for the people that are very hypocritical, giving back nothing but demanding to receive the best.
A meaningful quote in this chapter is, “There is no confusion like the confusion of a simple mind…His wife and his mistress, until an hour ago secure and inviolate, were slipping precipitately from his control” (125). This quote is significant because it shows that Tom used to have it all but now everything was falling apart. With his mistress moving away and his wife in love with another man Tom is getting more agitated by the moment. Tom is worried that his wife is going to leave him and this sets up the rest of the chapter. Additionally, this quote talks about how Tom is a foolish person to begin with and that fact that his wife and mistress are slipping away is not a surprise.
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