The Great Gatsby reading responding for the Chapter 9
Think of Nick’s actions in Chapter 9 after “the holocaust was complete.” What does Nick consistently try to do for Gatsby in the final chapter, and how successful is he? As a reader, what do you think about the words and actions of characters such as Wolfsheim, Daisy, and even the just briefly mentioned Slagle? Is Gatsby owed more than what these characters give him? Is Nick noble for trying to do what he does, or do you think he’s wasting his time on an unworthy cause? Explain briefly, using quotes from the chapter to illustrate/prove your points when possible.
2. Chapter 9 also indirectly reveals why George Wilson went to Gatsby’s house in Chapter 8. Why did Wilson go there and do what he did? What is Tom’s reaction/opinion/attitude about this? What does that make you think about Tom as a person?
3. Take a look at the final three paragraphs of the novel, which are often quoted. The language in them is a little dense (I warned you that Fitz can be a bit winding with his wording from the start!), but try to interpret the meaning and emotion of those paragraphs. What is Nick saying as his final statement about Gatsby, as well as the pursuit/belief in dreams, goals, and aspirations?