The Great Gatsby Quotes, Theme: The American Dream Flashcard Example #45399

“A colossal affair by any standard – it was a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy.”
Nick – Narrator on Gatsby’s house
“On week-ends his Rolls-Royce became an omnibus.”
Nick – Narrator on Gatsby’s opulence in using an expensive car as a common vehicle
“At least once a fortnight a corps of caterers came down with several hundred feet of canvas and enough coloured lights to make a Christmas tree of Gatsby’s enormous garden.”
Nick – Narrator on Gatsby’s opulence in festivity
“I agreed that it was splendid… ‘It took me just three years to earn the money that bought it.”
Nick – Narrator, Gatsby on Gatsby’s house and vast income – unnecessary spending
“We sat down and drank a glass of Chartreuse he took from a cupboard in the wall.”
Nick – Narrator on Gatsby’s opulence in consumables – bright coloured, garish drink – highlights lack of coherency in his house
“The dresser was garnished with a toilet set of pure dull gold.”
Nick – Narrator on Gatsby’s unnecessary opulence – dreams of the common man?
“He had been full of the idea so long, dreamed it right through to the end, waited with his teeth set, so to speak, at an inconceivable pitch of intensity.”
Nick – Narrator on Gatsby’s idea of a dream/love – false?
“Shirts of sheer linen and thick silk and fine flannel… shirts with stripes and scrolls and plaids in coral and apple-green and lavender and faint orange, with monograms of Indian blue.”
Nick – Narrator on Gatsby’s impropriety and opulence – ‘not an Oxford man’ because of his pink suit
“Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever… His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one.”
Nick – Narrator on Gatsby’s idea of love – false, merely an idea that he fell in love with
“There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams – not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his own illusion.”
Nick – Narrator on Gatsby’s naivete; his dream/illusion kept him going, yet now his dream has faded

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