Ed. X.J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia. 3rd Compact ed. New York: Longman 2003.
The Tempest. Norton Critical ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2004. Print.
The Great Gatsby. New York, NY: Scribner, 1996. 150-51. Print. Fitzgerald, F. Scott, and Matthew J. Bruccoli.
“I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby’s house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited—they went there (45).” Nick got an actual invitation to Gatsby’s party and he is probably the only person who has ever gotten an invitation. Gatsby invited Nick because he wanted to get close to him. Gatsby used Nick because he knew that Daisy was his cousin and he wanted to see her. “Nick’s cottage becomes the site of Gatsby’s reunion with Daisy.
Nick finds out that Gatsby is in love with his cousin Daisy, and all of the lavish parties he threw every weekend were meant for her, because he hoped she would show up. The love he had for Daisy was like no other. He would do anything for her; including, taking the blame for running over a woman. In this classic, Fitzgerald illustrates this over the top love story by using colorful imagery, symbolism, and dramatic irony to create depth and draw in readers into the book. Gatsby’s parties are like no other.
This scene sets a positive portrayal throughout the novel because it was one of the most important scenes in the book and ... ... middle of paper ... ...When Nick says “I remember being surprised by his graceful, conservative fox-trot—I had never seen him dance before.” (Fitzgerald 113), he's surprised because Gatsby at last enjoys his parties since Daisy finally attended his party. This shows Gatsby’s mood as he is dancing; he throws all these parties so that Daisy will see his lively parties and she finally does. In chapter five, Daisy says “They’re such beautiful shirts..It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such—such beautiful shirts before.” (Fitzgerald 99) This shows Daisy’s reaction towards Gatsby success and wealth. At this time Tom is having an affair so Daisy feels her life is “colorless” but meeting Gatsby, his extravagant house if filled with vivacious light that is cheery and jolly.
They even turn to close-at-hand sources about them to provide reasons for their wait: from inside a hat or a boot (8). But, as Lucky points out, the “reasons [are] unknown” and always will be (28). Therefore, their external search is pointless to give life meaning. Or put another way, Vladimir and Estragon wait endlessly for life to begin. As simple as it is, I see myself in them, waiting for someone or something to bring me meaning, to guide me, to spark my life.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1967. Print. Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 2004.