The Great Gatsby Writing Prompts Ch. 6 & 7
1. In chapter six when Nick says that “Jay Gatsby, of West Egg Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself.”, I believe that he means that Gatsby has been living a lie. There is lots of evidence that proves this point. From chapter six, we learn about Gatsby younger times. Nick tells us that Gatsby real name is James Gatz, Nick also tells us that Gatsby is born in North Dakota and went to college at St. Olaf in Minnesota. But Gatsby tells us that he went to Oxford College.
Jay Gatsby did not grow up rich or inherited any money. He told Nick that he had inherited a large sum of money. Because Gatsby was born poor, he tries to be more successful at life. He then meets Dan Cody and he invents a new name for himself, a more interesting name that is “Jay Gatsby”. Dan Cody is an old rich sailor, which he then takes Jay Gatsby under his wing. Dan Cody unexpectedly dies and leaves Gatsby an inheritance of 25,000 dollars. Gatsby does not receive this sum of money because of Dan Cody’s lover, who kept the money. Because of this life changing experience Jay Gatsby works hard to earn his money and to become as rich as where he is now.
2. Nick has such a fascination with Daisy voice is because he thinks it’s soothing and promising. He thinks that this is very charming. Her voice makes him want to listen to her, and it feels like she is telling him a secret that no one else knows. To prove this point there is a quote from chapter one, “But there was an excitement in her voice that men who had cared for her found difficult to forget: a singing compulsion, a whispered “Listen”. There are many more statements from the book, such as when Gatsby states, “It’s full of money-yet soothing with a charm rose.” Last but not least there is one more quote from the book, “The kind of voice that the ear follows up and down as if each speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again,” and later...