Monday, May 15, 2017

Gatsby Chapter 6 Journal

My overall impression is that chapter six might be the most uneventful chapter of the whole book. That doesn’t mean that it is insignificant though. The plot doesn’t develop that much throughout the chapter, but the characters do. In this chapter, we get the most famous quote:
‘“I wouldn’t ask too much of her,” I ventured. “You can’t repeat the past.”
“Can’t repeat the past,” he cried incredulously “why of course you can!”’ (110).
We know from this quote that Gatsby is strong headed and stubborn. He refuses to accept some things as they are, and believes that he can change anything if he puts his mind to it. Most of the time, that might be called determination, but for Gatsby it’s overbearing. He brings so many people into his plan to be with Daisy again, and almost sets himself up for failure. It’s not crazy that he wants to be with Daisy, but trying to make his life like the his first kiss with Daisy (this is another thing we learned about in chapter six) is just ridiculous. He has set up such a high standard for himself, and it foreshadows his falling to his own hubris that happens later in the book.

In the beginning of the chapter, we learn about his humble past. We learn what defines him as an east egger, and what separates from the west eggers. It is very important to the story to know that Gatsby had to work for his money, because it explains why he goes to great depths to win Daisy back. Even though Tom isn’t likeable and doesn’t posses a lot of good characteristics, I believe that even Tom knows some things can’t be changed, and it is easier to accept them as they are, instead of doing so much to change them.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Gatsby Chapter 5 Metacognitive

Chapter 5 is an awkward chapter to read and to even write about. First off, Gatsby and Daisy start off on a very strange foot. He is soaking wet from the rain, and they haven’t seen each other for a long time. Gatsby knocks over a grandfather clock, and tries to fix it, and Nick spends half an hour in his own kitchen doing absolutely nothing. I’m cringing reading this right now because I’ve been in a lo of these situations, and they are absolutely the worst. You don’t know what to do, and your first instinct is just to flee. Gatsby did that, when Nick wanted to leave them alone, and Gatsby came with him. I actually thought this scene was pretty funny, because I can imagine Daisy in Nick’s living room all by herself, confused and conflicted. Luckily for the readers, things get a lot better. I was very glad that things were not so uncomfortable for everybody, because it made it much easier to read. I liked how they seemed to really connect, so now maybe Gatsby won’t be such a creep. One thing I was confused about, was why did Daisy start crying when Gatsby start pulling out all of his shirts? Relating to that question, why would Gatsby show Nick and Daisy his shirts to begin with? When I have company over, I don’t flaunt my clothing to them. Both Gatsby and I have much nicer things to show off than what we wear on our chests. Coming back to Daisy, was she crying because she was filled with emotion? If so, what emotions were they? To summarize, the chapter starts off very awkward, buy ends happier, with some un answered questions in there.

Gatsby Chapter 4 Metacognitive

My first question for this chapter is, why in the world is Nick documenting everybody who attends Gatsby’s parties? Why is this information so valuable to Nick? Is it to prove that Daisy didn’t attend any of the parties? If so, why did Fitzgerald dedicate so much time into listing all of those names? Couldn’t he just have easily clarified that Daisy wasn’t didn’t attend any of the parties? It seems like he is just over doing it in the beginning of this chapter. My second thoughts about chapter 4 is the character Mr. Wolfsheim. Why is he so important that Nick had to meet him? I am very curious to see where Fitzgerald goes with this character. He is very interesting, considering that he single-handedly fixed the world series. I’m not sure how big baseball was in the roaring 20’s, but I’m know that fixing a world series would be an extremely big deal. On another note, what is wrong with Gatsby? He seems like an obsessive creep to me in this chapter. He wants Nick to invite Daisy over to Nick's house, and then show up out of the blue to catch up with her. He has obviously been devising this plan for a long time, and that’s why I think he disappeared right before he would see Daisy. He wants everything to be perfect for his encounter with her. To me personally, this is very creepy and almost stalker-like.

Gatsby Chapter 3 Metacognitive

Overall, this chapter has a lot going on. First, Nick describes what it is like to live next to Gatsby, which seems like a lot. There are so many people coming in and out of his house, and they are all working to either prepare or clean up after a party. This says a lot about Gatsby. He throws huge parties, and hires others to clean up his mess. This makes him appear irresponsible, and careless. Yet, later into the chapter, we see that he is more responsible, because he isn’t drinking, and he is trying to be a good host. The parties seem pretty wild, and it must take a lot to not get intoxicated and do reckless things. We see at the end of the chapter that others have taken that path unfortunately. The owl-eyed man was in a small accident that got him stuck in a ditch. He was getting a ride with someone else that happened to be drunk. Nick’s relationship with Jordan is very strange to me. He seems like he doesn’t really like her, but she is kinda famous, and he is making lots of rich friends, and just feels like he should be attracted to her. It seems more like lust than love.

Gatsby Chapter 2 Metacognitive

This chapter starts off very strangely. First of all, why is this place so gross? And what is a girl like Myrtle doing there? She isn’t a very nice, or good person, but she seems like she is too elegant and fancy to be living in a place like that. The eyes also caught my attention. I feel like Fitzgerald put them in there to signify something. I think that they represent that someone is always watching. Somebody, no matter where you go, will be watching you. Maybe they also represent that Myrtle and Tom aren’t a secret. Affairs are supposed to be kept a secret, but Jordan was saying earlier that everybody knew that Tom had a mistress. Why are the McKees so bad? Nick directly says that they are horrible people, but I don’t see it. I am not sure if Fitzgerald is giving me hints as the reader to suggest that they are horrible people I am just skipping over them, or if there are truly no hints, and we are just supposed to know.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Chapters 6, 7 and 8 TCoW

Metacognitive for chapters 6, 7 and 8

I feel as though the mother doesn't like her past one bit. She had a sexually abusive father, her mother was disabled, and her life overall wasn't good. McBride describes her as such a devoted Christian in her later life. It seems as though her transition from Judaism to Christianity was a way for her to "let go" of her childhood. She has a new start with a whole different community, and I felt as though it was good for her. That also brings me to why she has so many children. When you have 12 children, they will bond. They will grow together as their own little community. Ruth didn't have that as a child. In chapter seven, Sam ran away and Dee-dee was too young to be a very close friend. I think that she wanted her kids to be close and count on one another. She was missing that in her life, and wanted to make sure her kids didn't experience the same thing. My brother and I are very close, and I am happy for that. I know families in which the kids either don't get along at all, or the age difference is too big for them to really become close.


Chapters 2-5

Titles


The Bicycle
This chapter gives us an image of Ruth McBride riding around an old, blue bicycle. I think that McBride brought this action that his mother did to reflect how little things that our family members do affect us, even if we aren’t involved.
Kosher
This chapter reveals some of the Jewish beliefs that Ruth grew up with. I think that McBride chose to name the chapter Kosher, because for me at least, that has always been a strange Jewish tradition.
Black Power
McBride named chapter 4 Black Power because he wanted to give his experiences of that organization. He always viewed them as scary and dangerous. Even though he is black himself, he doesn’t find comfort with these people.
The Old Testament
I’m pretty certain that this chapter was named the way it was because the next chapter is called, “The New Testament.” I believe that McBride is comparing his mother’s old life and his mother’s new life.


Quotations


“It was clear that mommy was no longer interested in getting married again, despite the efforts of a couple of local preachers who were all Cadillacs and smiles that knew that she was, thus we, were broke.
This line is very confusing to me. It makes sense that she doesn’t want to get married, but why would preachers with fancy cars and perhaps “fake” happiness want her to remarry? Their family is broke and hard to manage, and if she doesn’t want to get married, why even suggest it?
“The incident confirmed that Mommy was always in danger.” Pg. 34
Because the title of the chapter is called Black Power, it makes me want to believe that she is always in danger because she is white, living in a predominantly black neighborhood. But, part of me believes that she isn’t a target to the black panthers, but instead a target to everyday crime, like most of us are.
Almost all of page 42.
So after reading a couple of chapters, it is clear that Tateh isn’t a nice guy. But what he did to her is beyond words. Why would a father do this to his own daughter? I’m not sure if this will have big effects on her as she grows older, but I have a strong feeling that it will.