18th June 2017

Language Features

“They’re such beautiful shirts,” she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. “It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such – such beautiful shirts before.

  • The colour of the shirts can represent how long Daisy and Gats have been apart and the colours are those days without each other
  • when Daisy starts to say how beautiful the shirts are it shows how materialistic she is as in such a meaningful scene she mentions the hisrts rather than what really happening she is too shallow to show Daisy her true feelings. Gatsby uses this scene to illustrate Daisy for who she truly is, though she is in a relationship with Tom they are both cheating on each other and Daisy doesn’t want Gatsby to know that she regrets leaving him not that she can see how wealthy he is and she like the materialistic features in his lifestyle.

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no mattertomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther… And one fine morning- So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

  • Gatsby believed in the green light/he believed him and Daisy could be together once again. Orgastic future means he was hoping for exciting future with he that was slowly fading each year he realised his dream might possibly not come true. As time passes the dream Gatsby is chasing recedes and becomes less realistic.
  • this is referring to Gatsby chasing his dreams for Daisy and it can refer back to us as we will chase out hopes and dreams and think that we are nearly there but one day they might just disappear or we may realise that that is no longer our dream. Just when we think we have achieved out dreams they would be snatched away from us just like gatsby’s life at the end of the novel when Gatsby gets shot and dies in his pool, he had no plan of this but we can’t choose the future it’s inevitable for something to happen to us eventually
  • This is referring to Gatsby trying harder and harder for something that isn’t supposed to happen, something can’t change like Daisy and Toms relationship he can’t take Daisy’s love for Tom away so he can not change it yet he still tries to get the past back
  • This means no matter how much we try to change the past we cannot we will always be pushed forward by the current of life becuase its impossible to change what we have already done, you can try but you can never take that moment back

I lived at West Egg, the — well, the less fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them. My house was at the very tip of the egg, only fifty yards from the Sound, and squeezed between two huge places that rented for twelve or fifteen thousand a season. The one on my right was a colossal affair by any standard — it was a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool, and more than forty acres of lawn and garden. It was Gatsby’s mansion. Or, rather, as I didn’t know Mr. Gatsby, it was a mansion inhabited by a gentleman of that name. My own house was an eyesore, but it was a small eyesore, and it had been overlooked, so I had a view of the water, a partial view of my neighbor’s lawn, and the consoling proximity of millionaires — all for eighty dollars a month.

  • Nicks house is directly inbetween both Gatsbys house and the Buchanans which gives him an insight into the both very different lives
  • Its mentioned to be an imitation of a fancy building that is trying to seem old when in actual fact it far from it, the swimming pool is a main part of this as we find out near the end of the novel but at this point in time we dont think of it as much
  • this is similar to Nick as he is sort of over looked by the rich people. he is more of an observer that not many people take notice of and its like his house against gatsbys.
  • Nick is able to be apart of this crazy encounter for only $80 a month when the people next to him pay thousands. it shows us that Nick is more sensible with the limited money he has

“That’s the secret of Castle Rackrent”

This is one of many allusions in the novel, Nick invites daisy to his cottage to meet Gatsby after 5 years, Daisy teasingly asks nick if hes inlove with and nick responds with “That’s the secret of Castle Rackrent”, this is referencing from an irish novel where the reader never find out the reason for a very important occurence and when nick says this to daisy she doesnt actually find out the answer and has to make a guess for herself about why she had to come alone to Nicks cottage.

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