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.