“Most of those reports were a nightmare- grotesque, circumstantial, eager, and untrue.” 163
I find it interesting that Gatsby never lived a life of truth. For the most part this was his fault, but I also see a connection between the reporters and the people at his parties. Both make up rumors to sound more smart, and only lie for personal gain.
“It was Gatsby’s father, a solemn old man, very helpless and dismayed, bundled up in a long cheap ulster against the warm September day.” 167
Why was Gatsby’s father never mentioned in the book until his funeral? I guess it could be because Gatsby never mentioned them to Nick besides saying they were dead, but was he ashamed of his parents? Perhaps embarrassed of his past?
"Gatsby believed in the green light..." 180
Gatsby always seemed to look at this green light. On a concrete level it could be because it was by Daisy’s house, but I think it stands for hope in general. He was looking at the light when he died. What does this mean?
“I found myself on Gatsby’s side, and alone.” 164
Why was no one ever on Gatsby’s side in this book? More importantly, I wonder why everyone is always on their own side. Everyone in this book seems to selfish. I think it is interesting how we get an outside view on the situation through the eyes of Nick. He is not from this city full of selfishness so we get a unique perspective on the characters.
“I’d never seen him since then. I don’t know how he knew about the funeral, or even his name.”
What made this man with the glasses different than the rest of the party-goers? He was the only one at the funeral and the only one in Gatsby’s study away from the party? What does Fitzgerald want us to understand about this character?