Gatsby Ch. 9
Answer all parts of the following questions. Write your answers on your own piece of paper in complete sentences/paragraphs. Staple your answers to this sheet when you turn it in.
The first three words of Chapter 9 remind us of the narrator’s relationship to the events described in the novel. (When was he writing and where? When and where did the events of the novel occur? Explain.
The police, Michaelis and Catherine provided the information for the press. How did the story play out in the papers? What does this reveal about larger questions—questions about narrators and knowledge of events?
Describe Gatsby’s father and his response to the events.
How is Nick able to finally get through to Meyer Wolfsheim? What is revealed in this conversation?
About what does Gatsby’s father say, “It just shows you, don’t it?” What does he mean? What other object does his father show/carry around with him?
Describe Gatsby’s funeral. Who attends?
“I see now that this has been a story of the West, after all. . .”(184). What is Nick trying to explain in this passage?
Describe Nick’s last conversation with Jordan Baker and (separately) Tom Buchanan. How does the content of these contribute to our understanding of the first few pages of the novel?
Why does Nick imagine seeing Long Island through the eyes of “Dutch sailors”? (189)
“He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night” (189). What is Nick talking about here? What does this mean? What is the antecedent of the pronoun “it?” Why is it behind him? In what ways is this true?