Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Great Gatsby Chapter 7

Chapter 7

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

2. What is the meaning of Gatsby’s statement to Tom, “I’m right across from you”?
Gatsby is telling Tom that he is also wealthy and it's almost like they’re facing off

3. Interpret the metaphor “Her voice is full of money”.
Gatsby says this about Daisy because it shows how well educated she is in her tone.

4. Identify the oxymorons that describe the expressions that pass by Gatsby’s face. Explain their importance.
"at once definitely unfamiliar and vaguely recognizable,” Nick has heard this expression before but it's unfamiliar to him, but recognizable

5. What does Fitzgerald convey to the reader by choosing the word “conspiring” in the description of Tom and Daisy in their kitchen?
They are both talking to each other as Tom is holding Daisy’s hand and it seems they are conspiring together

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Great Gatsby Chapter 6

Chapter 6

1. In what sense does this chapter epitomize the American dream?
This chapter reveals how gatsby has risen from being penniless to riches through his resourcefulness.

2. What purpose does the following biblical allusion: “He was a son of God…and he must be about His Father’s business” serve?
It refers to Gatsby how he is like jesus how he was born into a poor family and became well known.

3. What does the word choice “menagerie” help Fitzgerald convey?
Menagerie means a collection of wild animals held together for an exhibition  

4. Explain Gatsby’s expectations of Daisy. Are they realistic?
Gatsby wants Daisy to be the golden girl he once knew. Everyone changes over time she isn’t the person Gatsby knew before he left to war.

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?

Gatsby knew when he kissed Daisy all the dreams he had would become known to her and they would never be private again.

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Great Gatsby Chapter 4

Chapter Four

1. How does Fitzgerald’s use of names further the motif of geography?
For example Gatsby is well even people from the East Egg have heard that name.

2. What symbol does Fitzgerald use as the outward manifestation of Gatsby’s wealth? What theme does this reinforce?
Gatsby’s house symbolizes his great wealth and shows what money can buy.

3. Analyze the techniques used to develop the character of Wolfsheim.
He is described with distaste, but all the other characters even Tom who has been cheating on Daisy he isn’t described badly.

4. Interpret the metaphor “He [Gatsby] came alive to me [Nick], delivered suddenly from the womb of his purposeless splendor.”
The whole reason that Gatsby is living in splendor and wanted to be rich was so that he could be good enough for Daisy and give her the type of life that she wants. Now that Gatsby has found Nick, he has a way to reach Daisy. Before he met Nick, there was no purpose or happiness in his wealth.

The Great Gatsby Chapter 2

Chapter Two

1. In the first paragraph of chapter two, what device does Fitzgerald use to create a musical effect? Cite some examples.
"paintless days, under sun and rain" pg. 24 This had some lyrical qualities the entire feel of instrumental despair is brought out in my mind within this passage.

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 dumping ground and it's located between East Egg and West Egg. This is where the poor live this is where the people who wanted the american dream have lost faith. West Egg represents the rich and wealthy and the valley of ashes is the moral and social decay of America. East Egg is where people have settled with what they got from NY.

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.”
Nick seems to be talking about Tom’s personality of how he demands people around and expects no resistance. “I’ll say it whenever I want to! Daisy! Dai----” pg. 37

4. How does Fitzgerald emphasize the smallness of Myrtle’s apartment?
He kept saying small many times when he was describing Myrtle’s apartment "a small living room, a small dining room, a small bedroom and a bath. The living room was crowded to the doors with a set of tapestries furniture entirely too large for it so that to move about was to stumble continually about..." pg. 29

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?

It's different not formal in that party at Myrtle’s

The Great Gatsby Chapter 3

Chapter Three

1. Why is it that Fitzgerald waits until chapter three to introduce Gatsby?
I think he wanted to give us more information about Nick and give Gatsby a grand entrance like he was shown in the movie with fireworks at the background.

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.
“a bar with a real brass rail was set up, and stocked with gins and liquors and with cordials so long forgotten that most of his female guests were too young to know one from another.” It gives a smoother feeling of how fancy gatsby party were and a good description as well.

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.”
Diamond often is used for a ring and the diamond in this case represents a man’s wife and her trying to keep cool as she saw her husband flirting with an actress.

4. In the final paragraph on page 55, how does the viewpoint change? How is this accomplished? What is the purpose?
He tries to prove he is credible he says he is one of the few honest people he has ever known.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Great Gatsby

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I see 8 lines at the bottom left of the book. It seems to be a girl on the cover of the book because she has lipstick on and she may or may not be crying. There are a lot of eyes. The eyes seem to oppose each other the flames inside the eyes seem to be opposed. Why is a there smudge that looks like a tear at the cover of the book.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Color of Water: The New Testament, Sam, Brothers and Sisters

Warm up
  • Prison Stew
  • We'd come downstairs in the morning to find her dressed and fast asleep
  • House that looked like a hurricane had hit it
McBride uses diction to suggest that his home is compassionate but also chaotic
McBride uses diction to suggest that his home is livable but also unorganized
The New Testament
“Mommy loved god” Her faith to god is very strong probably because he gave her a second chance. “God makes me happy” This proves she is very thankful to god. “God is the color of water. Water doesn’t have a color” I think everyone has their own depiction of god (physical appearance).  “Jesus is all colors” What does she mean by this?

“The Klan would ride up Main Street in broad daylight and no one did a thing about it.” How could the Klan walk around without being disturbed? Was everyone fine with what the KKK did or was because the majority of the population were members of the Klan. “Although I was afraid of him I didn’t want anything to happen to him” Did she still care for him after what he did? Or was it because of interest if he died and he was a citizen she might be sent back because no one could vouch for her.

Brothers and Sisters
Is the chapter's name going to be the plot of this chapter? “My brothers and sisters were my best friends, but when it came to food, they were my enemies.” So far the chapter seems to be concentrated with brothers and sisters. “If you were the first to grab the purse when she got home, you ate.” It seems like what he said about his brothers and sisters when it came to food it was a free for all. So far this chapter is about what is like to have a big family and try to feed them. “Dennis was the eldest sibling and the family pioneer.” They seem to look up to Dennis as a role model and were always in the cast of his shadow. “There’s nothing worse than having to fight for your crummy, ugly sister whom half the neighborhood is in love with.” We are learning more about the family. The book was mostly focused on James’ mother and him, but now we are learning about the older siblings.