Gatsby Ch. 8
Answer all parts of the following questions in complete sentences/paragraphs on your own piece of paper. The first questions are the most complex—be sure you make an effort to do the required interpretive work.
Nick tells us that it was on this morning, the morning after Myrtle’s death, that Gatsby talks about his youth with Dan Cody because “‘Jay Gatsby’ had broken up like glass against Ton’s hard malice and the long secret extravaganza was played out” (155). Why does he put “Jay Gatsby” in quotes? What has “broken like glass?” What does that mean? What is this “long secret extravaganza” that “has played out”? What does this mean?
“In any case,” he said, “it was just personal” (160). Who says this? What is he talking about? What does Nick say about it as he tries to figure out what the man meant? What does his explanation mean?
What was Nick talking about when he asserts, “I’ve always been glad I said that. It was the only compliment I ever gave him, because I disapproved of him from beginning to end” (162). How can both what he said and the disapproval part both be true? What lines from the first few pages of chapter 1 might be recalled here?
On 162-3 Nick gets a personal phone call at work. From whom? How does it go? How does it end?
How did George Wilson begin to suspect his wife’s affair with Tom Buchanan? How does the reader learn this?
“That’s an advertisement” (167). Who says this? In response to what statement? What does this mean?
Describe Gatsby’s last afternoon? What was he doing at the end? What was he waiting for?
How does Gatsby meet his end? What about Wilson?