for a long time, even then. His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people – his
imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all.”
P1: Gatsby’s dream/Self-made man - Gatsby didn’t let anything stop him from trying to achieve this – he is a self-made man who
didn’t let his poor background act as a barrier. Ambitious from a young age.
"he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and, far as I was from
him, I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward – and
distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and faraway, that might have
been the end of a dock."
P1: Gatsby’s dream/Self-made man - Symbolic of Gatsby's dream -- Gatsby failed to see that his dream was out of reach - the vast stretch of water physically between Gatsby and Daisy symbolises how far out of reach Daisy was. -- Exemplifies Gatsby's pure dream of love and happiness - in his eyes Daisy.
"I suppose the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr. Nobody from Nowhere make
love to your wife." Ch. 7
P2: Social Class - Shows how East Eggers look down upon West Eggers - like Gatsby. -- Mr. Nobody from Nowhere shows that Tom thinks of Gatsby as irrelevant and worthless and beneath him. -- Helps emphasize the social class divide.
“I’ll be damned if I see how you got within a mile of her unless you brought the
groceries to the back door.”
P2: Social Class - Tom doesn't see Gatsby as an equal, not even someone he would associate with. Exemplifies that Tom feels Gatsby is not worthy of Daisy. -- Again shows extent of SOCIAL CLASS BARRIER.
“’I’d like to just get
one of those pink clouds and put you in it and push you around.’” Ch 5
P3: Carelessness of the Rich - During a particularly high point of their relationship -- Daisy didn’t take the relationship as seriously as Gatsby did -- She knew that Gatsby had been working hard for 5 long years to be with her and build his wealth and social status, yet she just messes with him and looks at him as a play thing.
“Oh, you want too much!’ she cried to Gatsby. ‘I love you now – isn’t that
enough? I can’t help what’s past.’” Ch 7
P3: Carelessness of the Rich - Shows that when it comes to it Daisy is unwilling to really go with Gatsby she just lead him on for nothing as she doesn't really care about him. -- Exemplifies her vast carelessness and how she is only absorbed in herself.