COHEN/STUDY GUIDE for The Great Gatsby:
Social class as what binds Daisy and Tom
Meyer Wolfsheim as representative of organized crime
Myrtle’s hope to be with Tom and leave poor Mr. Wilson
Green light as symbolic of Gatsby’s version of success
Tom confident that Daisy will not abandon him in favor of Gatsby
Carelessness of the Old Money class
Green light as symbol of Gatsby’s hope
Gatsby as rags to riches version of American Dream
Gatsby’s use of pool related to his need to ignore the passage of time
Irony of Gatsby’s statement that Daisy’s “voice is full of money”—her
love of money and privilege more important to her that love.
Daisy, earlier in relationship, rejected Gatsby because he was poor.
Wealth respectable when from long standing upper class.
American Dream of 1920s supports the aristocracy.
Gatsby likes to cause speculation about his background in order to hide
the truth, also feels that truth will not legitimize his place among the
Gatsby’s actual family background, the one he wants to escape
Gatsby wants to relive past, have Daisy say she never loved Tom.
Tom threated by New Money.
Platonic conception of himself (Gatz to Gatsby)
Education that Gatsby gains from Dan Cody, an education about how to
Social divide between West Egg and East Egg
Dreams vs. Reality (Gatsby’s fantasy that Daisy will leave Tom)
Nick’s views of Gatsby and how they change
Flashbacks as part of novel’s structure
Gatsby a master of illusion: library, parties, smile, particularly the
books in the library
Symbolism of the green light
Gatsby’s meeting with Daisy’s daughter, his surprise