Thursday, April 6, 2017

Gatsby Chapter 7

1.What allusion does Trimalchio represent?
It represents wealth and lavish feasts.

2. What is the meaning of Gatsby’s statement to Tom, “I’m right across from you”?
I believe the meaning of this quote is that Gatsby is saying that he is not much different and has the same amount of wealth.

3. Interpret the metaphor “Her voice is full of money”.
This metaphor makes me think that she has always had money and is well educated.

4. Identify the oxymorons that describe the expressions that pass by Gatsby’s face. Explain their importance.
Fitzgerald uses the words "unfamiliar and vaguely recognizable" the importance is show that there is still an uncertainty towards knowing everything about Gatsby.

5. What does Fitzgerald convey to the reader by choosing the word “conspiring” in the description of Tom and Daisy in their kitchen?
I think he choose this word to show that Tom does not have good intentions towards Gatsby.

Gatsby Chapter 6

1. In what sense does this chapter epitomize the American dream?
The chapter shows the American Dream because Gatsby became a wealthy man because he had the will to do so.

2. What purpose does the following biblical allusion: “He was a son of God…and he must be about His Father’s business” serve?
The purpose of the biblical allusion is that Gatsby sees himself as a god and that he believed he was destined for greater things than being a farmer.

3. What does the word choice “menagerie” help Fitzgerald convey?
The definition of menagerie is a collection of wild animals for exhibition . This helps Fitzgerald show that it was kind of like a zoo.

4. Explain Gatsby’s expectations of Daisy. Are they realistic?
He wants everything to be back how it used to be with Daisy. I don't think this is possible because the amount of time they hadn't know each after just creates some kind of barrier between them.

5. Nick narrates the event of Daisy’s and Gatsby’s first kiss. He says that Gatsby knew that, after kissing Daisy, “…his mind would never romp again like the mind of God.” What does this mean?
This quote means that Gatsby would never take something for granted again or think he deserved it because of how important he saw himself.

Gatsby Chapter 5

1. When Nick comes home to West Egg that night, what does he find unusual? How does this description contribute to the mood?
When Nick arrives home in West Egg he finds it unusual how brightly lit Gatsby's house was. I think it contributes to the mood that Gatsby was awake and was looking for something to do but Nicks house being shined on from Gatsby's house was an symbol of how Gatsby is shinning onto Nick.

2. Throughout chapter five, how does Fitzgerald use weather to reinforce the mood?
He uses the weather to reinforce the mode by having it rain and the rain is symbolizing the way Gatsby and Daisy should feel and how they should have like a downpour of emotion but that is not what happens and that can be why the rain stopped.

3. Explain how the ambiguous metaphor about Daisy’s voice is appropriate.
Nick describes her voice as "a deathless song" this is appropriate because she seems to be full of life and never gonna stop.

4. How does Fitzgerald show the changes in Gatsby?
He shows changes in Gatsby by changing the way he acts and he has him introduced to Daisy again after many years.

5. What literary purpose does the broken clock serve?
The literary purpose of the broken clock is to show that time was frozen because to Gatsby and Daisy it was very intimate to meet again after so many years and nothing else seemed to matter at the time.

Gatsby Chapter 4

1. How does Fitzgerald’s use of names further the motif of geography?
There is a lot of East and West differences like West and East Egg. The names in West egg are more formal than the ones of people living in East egg.

2. What symbol does Fitzgerald use as the outward manifestation of Gatsby’s wealth? What theme does this reinforce?
A symbol that Fitzgerald uses to show Gatsby's wealth is Gatsby's health because it is such a large house and he hosts very large party's inside. It enforces the idea that Gatsby is a wealthy man.

3. Analyze the techniques used to develop the character of Wolfsheim.
Wolfsheim seemed like he was there just to back up Gatsby's stories, Gatsby says he fixed the world series and I think this may be related to how Gatsby made a lot of his money.

4. Interpret the metaphor “He [Gatsby] came alive to me [Nick], delivered suddenly from the womb of his purposeless splendor.”
I see this metaphor as being Gatsby is trying to prove to Nick how wealthy he is and how he has gotten to where he is and showing off his wealth in the process.

5. What overall purpose do the three events in chapter four accomplish?
I think the overall purpose of chapter four was to show Gatsby's story, how he is in love with Daisy, and to show off how he might be a criminal because of his association with Wolfsheim.

Gatsby Chapter 3

1. Why is it that Fitzgerald waits until chapter three to introduce Gatsby?
I think that Fitzgerald waits so long to introduce him is because he wants the reader to be curious about Gatsby and to show that he is a very unknown person.

2. There are at least two examples of a polysyndeton in chapter three. Identify one of them, and explain what it contributes to the impact of the chapter.
One example of polysyndeton is when Nick describes Gatsby's parties.
"The bar is in full swing and floating rounds of cocktails permeate the garden outside until the air is alive with chatter and laughter and casual innuendo and introductions forgotten on the spot and enthusiastic meetings..."
I think this a good use of polysyndeton because it just shows how fast the parties were happening and how wild it was.

3. Explain the symbolism of the following simile, “…at intervals she appeared suddenly at his side like an angry diamond, and hissed: ‘You promised!’ into his ear.”

The symbolism of the simile is that she seemed beautiful but at times was aggresive.

4. In the final paragraph on page 55, how does the viewpoint change? How is this accomplished? What is the purpose?

The viewpoint changes because Nick has become more honest with him self and probably will be less trusting of Gatsby I feel like.

5. How does the motif of geography in the novel help shape its themes and characters?
I think the the geography helps influence the distance Gatsby creates with Daisy and shows how he can only see her.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Gatsby Chapter 2

1.In the first paragraph of chapter two, what device does Fitzgerald use to create a musical effect? Cite some examples.
Fitzgerald used a lot of metaphors and references to create a musical effect. An example of this would be on page 27 "a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens...ash-grey men swarm up with leaden spades"

 2. On a literal level, what is the valley of ashes? What might it represent on a symbolic level? What overlooks the valley of ashes? What might they symbolize?
The valley of ashes is a run down place that feels like there is no hope there. It could represent the American dream. The sign with the eyes overlooks the valley of ashes. This might symbolize someone just watching their every move.

3. Analyze Nick’s statement, “I think he’d tanked up a good deal at luncheon, and his determination to have my company bordered on violence.”
When Nick says this he is referring to Tom. It reflects how Tom is aggressive and is very bossy.

4. How does Fitzgerald emphasize the smallness of Myrtle’s apartment?
He describes every room as small. The furniture is said to be too big for the room and you would stumble over it if you tried to move past it.

5. In what way is the party in the apartment different from the dinner at the Buchanan’s in chapter one? In what ways is it similar?
At the apartment everyone was pretending to be someone they weren't.

The Color oof Water Chapters 21-23

The mother's family sat Shiva for her so she as dead to them as much as they are dead to her. I wonder if the mother misses her sister or is sorry for breaking the promise. The chapter title "A Bird Who Flies" I think has meaning to how since the mother is finally leaving for good she can become free from what has happened between her and her family. James decided not to find his aunt, I feel like I would be to curious to not meet her though. Why didn't James play his mother the tape? Wouldn't it be nice to her someone from her childhood?