Leading scholar Stephen Kern offers a probing analysis of the modernist novel, encompassing American, British and European works. By aligning flânerie with Victorian womanhood we might better understand how the latter is not antithetical to modern notions of sexuality but is the foundation on which the parameters of modern sexuality were constructed. Nick, completely disillusioned with what he has experienced in the East, prepares to head back to the Midwest. It exemplifies the spirit of conspicuous consumption, and is a queer mix of the lewd and the respectable. Gatsby's past is, quite literally, an enigma wrapped in a paradox and the reader is only given a few clues as to what events have occured in Gatsby's past which have led him to the events in the novel. During the events of the novel, Gatsby lives in West Egg, an area across the bay from an area associated with New Money and gaudiness.
Critical assessments of the memoir largely overlook his preferred model of femininity, which derived from Victorian-era assumptions that women were, psychologically and morally, little more than children. One could argue that this is wrong due to the fact that Nick knew all the events before writing the novel. Like Tom, who has just learned of Daisy's affair, Wilson has just learned of Myrtle's secret life — although he does not know who the man is — and it has made him physically sick. Jordan is a careless driver because she considers caution the responsibility of others; she feels that the onus is on them to keep out of her way. Jordan Baker, by contrast, is compulsively dishonest; the fact that she cheated to win her first golf tournament is entirely unsurprising.
Gatsby, at this point in the novel, remains an enigma, a creature of contradictions. Wolfsheim may have been based on the figure of Arnold Rothstein, a major criminal of this period. In a sense, The Great Gatsby is comprised entirely of diction. Gatsby, the idealistic dreamer, firmly believes the past can be recaptured in its entirety. Various characters mention Gatsby in passing to Nick before Nick ever meets him. There, he bumps into Jordan Baker, as well as Gatsby himself.
Another example is ¨bean to eat with ferocious delicacy. A few moments later, Tom Buchanan also shows up unexpectedly with some friends, the Sloanes. He is, however, meant to play the part well enough that those unacquainted with the truth fall for the facade. Autobiography shows that flânerie was an ontology built on a paradox, for just as the flâneur's static identity consists of constant movement, Werther based his identity on the notion that childhood, itself transitional and peripatetic, was the destination of Victorian womanhood. By chance, Tom is also in the restaurant, but when Nick introduces him, Gatsby immediately disappears.
On that same day, while having tea with Jordan Baker, Nick learns the amazing story that Gatsby told her the night of his party. The party strikes Nick as particularly unpleasant. Nick is hinting to the reader the ferocity associated with Wolfsheim. The guests marvel at Gatsby's Rolls-Royce, his enormous swimming pool, the live musicians he engages weekly, the sumptuous food that he provides for hundreds of people, and, perhaps most importantly, the unlimited liquor he generously supplies. Also Nick looks into Gatsby's backyard one night and sees Gatsby looking at the green light across the bay.
Nick and Gatsby journey into the city one day and there Nick meets Meyer Wolfshiem, one of Gatsby's associates and Gatsby's link to organized crime. The girl who was with him got into the papers, too, because her arm was broken — she was one of the chambermaids in the Santa Barbara Hotel. More on Drinking in The Great Gatsby: Drinking in this novel is always associated with moral confusion and relaxing of standards, and the worst damage is done when people are drunk. Both her poetry and her prose are definitive examples of the modernist project; however, she sought publication almost exclusively for only her poetry. He doesn't necessarily achieve it, but in a materialistic way he does.
As Tom and Daisy are leaving, Tom says he suspects Gatsby's fortune comes from bootlegging, which Nick denies. Before leaving, he sees Tom Buchanan one last time. He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. Chapter Three This chapter begins with Nick's description of Gatsby's Saturday night parties: they have become legendary in New York for their opulence and hedonism. The orchestra plays a work by Tostoff called The Jazz History of the World; though it had had a fantastic reception at Carnegie Hall, the piece is the antithesis of classical respectability.
The inconspicuous act of having children sing about what is going to happen later in the book allows the author to hint at the main plot without having one of the characters outright mention it. There he meets professional golfer Jordan Baker. This advice serves to be a reminder to readers, and to the main character, that one cannot know the true nature of a person and therefore does not have the authority to make assumptions based on what is perceived face value. East Egg represents the old aristocracy, West Egg the newly rich, the valley of ashes the moral and social decay of America, and New York City the uninhibited, amoral quest for money and pleasure. Daisy and Tom mysteriously leave on a trip and all the people who so eagerly attended his parties, drinking his liquor and eating his food, refuse to become involved. What is most perplexing, though, is that no one seems overly concerned with Gatsby's death. He is prepared to take the blame for Daisy driving the car, 'Of course ill say i was driving'.
The novel ends prophetically, with Nick noting how we are all a little like Gatsby, boats moving up a river, going forward but continually feeling the pull of the past. The afternoon is filled with drunken behavior and ends ominously with Myrtle and Tom fighting over Daisy, his wife. Nick's house is perfectly prepared, due largely to the generosity of the hopeless romantic Gatsby, who wants every detail to be perfect for his reunion with his lost love. Hays In depth continued : Peter was able to strongly reinforce contradictions as the changes in reality in the novel, were related to changes in national myths. Tom, always a hot-head, begins to badger Gatsby, questioning him as to his intentions with Daisy.
Last you heard from me, I was. Gatsby's mansion is packed with revelers when Nick arrives. The sun had gone down…. Analysis Chapter 7 brings the conflict between Tom and Gatsby into the open, and their confrontation over Daisy brings to the surface troubling aspects of both characters. Tom is disdainful of the party, and though Daisy and Gatsby dance together she also seems to have a bad time. In a gesture of authority, Tom orders Daisy and Gatsby to head home in Gatsby's car.