Thursday, April 13, 2017

Metacognitive Journal #8 (The Great Gatsby)

Chapter 8

It says Nick has a sleepless night, did the events just make him scared? Because he wasn't the one driving the car or anything. What was Tom going to do to Daisy? Gatsby says that Daisy was the first girl that he ever felt close to, has he not loved anyone before Daisy? Gatsby feels as if him and Daisy and basically married? What are they waiting for? Is Tom getting in the way? Why does the Gardener have to drown the pool? Gatsby never really uses it though. What is distracting Nick at work so much? If George Wilson was locking his wife away, why does he care so much about her after she is dead? So does Wilson think that Gatsby was Myrtles lover because he was driving the car when he hit her? Woah! Wilson just shot Gatsby?? Was he even positive that it was him driving the car? Why did he feel the need to do that? And then he shot himself! He must of been so miserable. What are Nicks thoughts about Gatsby being dead? What is Daisy going to think when she finds out?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Dialectical Journal #6 (The Great Gatsby)

Chapter 7

Quote #1:
"I heard you fired all your servants."
"I wanted somebody who wouldn't gossip. Daisy comes over quite often--in the afternoons." (page 114)

What were the servants gossiping about? Did they seem to talk about Daisy behind her back? Maybe Gatsby just needed new and refreshed servants.

Quote #2:
"Tom came out of the house wrapping a quart bottle in a towel, followed by Daisy and Jordan wearing a small tight hats of metallic cloth and carrying light capes over their arms. "Shall we all go in my car?" (page 120)

From what I have read so far, I have noticed that it is almost a love triangle between Tom, Daisy, and Gatsby. I still can't tell who Daisy likes, but I am leaning more to Gatsby and then Tom loves Daisy but Gatsby hates Tom.

For second part of chapter 7 I decided to do metacognitive

Why did Tom just suggest that they all go to New York together? Does he have something for them to do? Did they purposefully hit someone on their drive back? Who was driving the car? Since Gatsby's car is so big and yellow, will people know it was his car that hit Myrtle? Are people even going to think it was Gatsby and Daisy? Would Tom hurt Daisy? So now are Daisy and Tom talking?

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Dialectical Journal #5 (The Great Gatsby)

Chapter 6

Quote #1:
"James Gatz--that was really, or at least legally, his name." (page 98)

Is James Gatz the same as Jay Gatsby? Why did he feel the need to change his name when he could? Maybe he was trying to be someone he wasn't.

Quote #2:
"A universe of ineffable gaudiness spun itself out in his brain while the clock ticked on the washstand and the moon soaked with wet light his tangled clothes upon the floor." (page 99)

Throughout this chapter I decided to follow the word clock. This was the only quote that included clock that I found. I think clock has something to do with ticking time.

Quote #3:
"I'll have something to drink for you in just a minute." (page 101)

It kind of seems like Gatsby is forcing other people to drink in his home. Is he making them drink so he can get people to do things that he wants them to do?

Quote #4:
"It stands out in my memory from Gatsby's other parties that summer."

Are some of Gatsby's parties better than the others? I thought all of his parties were pretty elaborate?




Monday, March 20, 2017

Dialectical Journal #4 (The Great Gatsby)

Chapter 5

Quote #1:
"Two o'clock and the whole corner of the peninsula was blazing with light, which feel unreal on the shrubbery and made thin elongating glints upon the roadside wires." (page 81)

It almost seems like this was normal to Nick, probably just another party that Gatsby was throwing. In the quote, I felt like red was connected with the light and the fire.

Quote #2:
"I want you and Daisy to come over to my house," he said, "I'd like to show her around." (page 89)

Do you think that Gatsby likes to show his house off to people or he is just flat out lonely by himself in that big house?

Quote #3:
"They're such beautiful shirts," she sobbed, her voice muffled in thick folds." (page 92)

I chose this quote because I was confused as to why she was crying over something as simple as shirts? Maybe she wasn't really crying that was just the tone that author wanted to use, but it sounds like she was sobbing over some of Gatsby's shirts.

Quote #4:
"They had forgotten me, but Daisy glanced up and held out her hand; Gatsby didn't know me now at all. I looked once more at them and they looked back at me, remotely, possessed by intense life." (page 96)

Are Daisy and Gatsby talking? Gatsby keeps pretending to be such good friends with Nick and then at this point in the book he is just acting like he has no idea who he is?

Quote #5:
"In the morning
In the evening
Ain't we got fun----" (page 95)

On page 95 in the middle of the page there is this quote right there. After thinking about it for awhile I think it is trying to say that they have fun at any time of the day at Gatsby's house.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Dialectical Journal #3 (The Great Gatsby)

Chapter 4

Quote #1:
"Benny McClenahan arrived always with four girls. They were never quite the same ones in physical person, but they were so identical with one another it inevitably seemed they had been there before."(page 63)

Did boys not get shamed for "talking" to more than one girl at this point in age? If this situation were to happen today and man was going places with 4 girls, people would almost be disgusted with him.

Quote #2:
"It's pretty, isn't it, old sport!" (page 64)

This quote is when Gatsby is picking up Nick. Gatsby knows that his items that he has are very nice. And he isn't scared of showing them off. He wants people to know what he has. (page 64)

Quote #3:
"I had talked with him perhaps six times in the past month and found, to my disappointment, that he had little to say." (page 64)

Why was Nick so disappointed in what Gatsby was like? What was he expecting him to be like?

Quote #4:
"Then he went out on the sidewalk, and the shot him three times in his full belly and drove away." (page 70)

Is this scene that they are describing some kind of foreshadowing? Why would this be important right now in the book? Was the kind of behavior normal in this time of age?

Quote #5:
"I turned toward Mr. Gatsby, but he was no longer there." (page 74)

Why did Gatsby leave so suddenly? Did he do something wrong like his friend who they just had lunch with and he wants not many people to recognize him? Or maybe it has something to do with Tom and Gatsby?

Monday, March 13, 2017

Dialectical Journal #2 (The Great Gatsby)

Chapter 3

Quote #1:
"On week-ends his Rolls-Royce became an omnibus, bearing parties to and from the city between nine in the morning and long past midnight, while his station wagon scampered like a brisk yellow bug to meet all trains."

In this quote it seems like his neighbor was super snotty and knew he had a ton of money. He spent it in unnecessary ways. Is the neighbor Gatsby?

Quote #2:
"The party has begun."

It seems like Gatsby threw the best and biggest parties. Even till this day there are always parties that are themed The Great Gatsby. It is so cool how people still know about it today.

Quote #3:
"I was on my way to get roaring drunk from sheer embarrassment when Jordan Baker came out of the house and stood at the head of the marble steps, leaning a little backward and looking with contemptuous interest down into the garden."

Does the person speaking not have many friends? Was he planning to attend the party and stand by himself the whole time? Do Jordan Baker and the narrator have any sort of connection yet?

Quote #4:
"There's something funny about a fellow that'll do a thing like that, said the other girl eagerly. He doesn't want any trouble with anybody."

From what I have read is that a lot of people that go to Gatsby's parties don't really know him that well. He wants to have a good reputation I am sure so he is very nice to everyone. That is the way to do it.

Quote #5:
"He's just a man named Gatsby."

People think Gatsby is some big person and is someone that would be too scary too talk to him. After Nick met Gatsby he realized he was just like any other regular man and that he really enjoyed his company.

Dialectical Journal #1 (The Great Gatsby)

Chapter 2

Quote #1:
"About half way between West Egg and New York the motor road hastily joins the railroad and runs beside it for a quarter of a mile, so as to shrink away from a certain desolate area of land."

From what I know this place is known as the dark ashes or something along those lines. This area seems like a dark and that many people would want to go over there.

Quote #2:
"So Tom Buchanan and his girl and I went up together to New York --or not quite together, for Mrs. Wilson sat discreetly in another car."

Why did she have to sit in another car? Did something happen between them where they can't be seen together in public?

Quote #3:
"The apartment was on the top floor -- a small living room, a small dining room, a small bedroom, and a bath."

Whose house was this? And it seems kind of small, do you think that they had more money to buy a bigger house or was that all they could afford?

Quote #4:
"Then she flounced over to the dog, kissed it with ecstasy, and swept into the kitchen, implying that a dozen chefs awaited her orders there."

Why did they need a dog? Earlier in the book it seemed kind of random for them to get a dog. Is there a certain reason or did they just want one?

Quote #5:
"I wanted to get out and walk eastward toward the Park through the soft twilight, but each time I tried to go I became entangled in some wild, strident argument which pulled me back, as if with ropes, into my chair."

In this scene of the book, a fight was happening. But who was the fight between? And was there a reason for the fight or was everyone just too drunk at the big party?