Great Gatsby Quote Cards Flashcard Example #51321

“‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.'” -Nick to the audience, page 3
Identifies Nick as privileged and how he doesn’t want to appear critical of his peers who would otherwise degrade his personal image
“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” Nick to the audience at his house, page 7-8
Highlights Nick’s voyeuristic tendencies and fabricates false importance for Nick by juxtaposing him to wealth and fanciness
“‘Don’t believe everything you hear, Nick,’ he advised me” Tom to Nick, page 23
Introduces concept used later in the novel where all the characters are telling Nick all sorts of lies and altered stories/information, especially Gatsby
“…but there was an immediately perceptible vitality about her as if the nerves of her body were continually smouldering” Nick about Myrtle, page 29
Contrasts Myrtle from her deathly and barren environment, and draws irony from the fact that she dies later
“‘Daisy! Daisy! Daisy!’ shouted Mrs. Wilson. ‘I’ll say it whenever I want to! Daisy! Dai-‘” Myrtle before Tom hits her, page 41
Brings attention back to Tom to remember the true woman he has left behind for this awful and awkward affair
“I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby’s house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited” Nick when going to G’s house, page 45
Shows that Gatsby only has party goers and friends for reasons other than friendliness and true compassion (more like wealth and the possibility of gaining something material from him)
“‘I don’t think it’s so much THAT,’ argued Lucille skeptically; ‘it’s more that he was a German spy during the war.'” L when Nick inquires about G killing a man in WW1, page 48
Highlights the character’s mistrust of Gatsby and the fact that they still visit him despite this issue
“‘Want to go with me, old sport? Just near the shore along the Sound.'” Gatsby to Nick before N knows who he is, page 52
Gatsby uses a little dramatic irony to surprise Nick and heighten his friendliness appeal
“‘You’re a rotten driver,’ Nick protested. ‘Either you ought to
be more careful or you oughtn’t to drive at all.’ ‘I am careful.’ says Jordan” Exchange between the two, page 64
In this quote, Nick is flirting (a bit). We also begin thinking that Jordan will have a major car accident later, but the “It takes two to make an accident” just foreshadows Daisy and Gatsby killing Myrtle
“‘What part of the middle-west?’ Nick inquired casually. ‘San Francisco.'” Gatsby responds to Nick’s question, page 70
Illustrates both the character’s and the author’s greater bias towards Eastern US states and culture (more wealthier and party-going/social)
“I didn’t see Daisy very often. She went with a slightly older crowd—when she went with anyone at all” Nick, page 81
Notes her attraction and interest in men far more her senior (and gives a justification as well), also enabling Gatsby to reconnect to Daisy
“I realize now that under different circumstances that conversation might have been one of the crises of my life” Nick when offered a shady job, page 89
Nick’s realization that Gatsby’s persona and work had the potential to endanger Nick and his life
“To the young Gatz, resting on his oars and looking up at the railed deck, the yacht represented all the beauty and glamor in the world” Nick, page 107
Connotes the American Dream and the bias developed by the blinding American Dream
“‘I hear you fired all your servants.’ ‘I wanted somebody who wouldn’t gossip. Daisy comes over quite often—in the afternoons.'” Nick <-> Gatsby, page 121
Demonstrates how Gatsby is going too far out of his zone to reunite with Daisy by doing ridiculous acts for privacy and love
“It was after we started with Gatsby toward the house that the gardener saw Wilson’s body a little way off in the grass, and the holocaust was complete” Nick upon seeing all the bodies, page 173
Nick’s opinion on the whole ordeal and his sum-up thought about how this whole thing was a “holocaust”, or an event that had to kill off dozens of people

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