1. How is the reader led to believe that the narrator is a good listener? Why should we pause to consider if we believe him?
The reader is led to believe that the narrator is a good listener because, of the vivid detail in which he describes others not only that but the narrator is not one to speak often, most of his time is spent listening. On the other hand on the subject of whether he’s reliable I’d say no. Nick sees everything in a very personally abstract manner; he has his own descriptive, whimsical and often judgmental way of describing people.
2. Why should we pause and consider the descriptions of East Egg and West Egg as being more than casual descriptions of setting? How do the two locations differ?
East Egg is an island of grandeur, mansions that “glittered” across the water. West Egg was the “less fashionable of the two”. Fitzgerald isolates himself when discussing the two East Egg is beautiful and grand, and West Egg is Gatsby, a hotel, and his eyesore of a house. However though East Egg is the more grand more elegant of the two, hundreds flock to Gatsby’s at West egg every weekend for parties. For that reason I do think that the two locations could mean more, such as a metaphor for the different classes of society, but not the rich and poor, maybe a further inspection of just the rich.
3. Why should we pause on Daisy’s words when she had just given birth to her daughter (p 21). In other words, what seems to be their early significance?
I think what daisy says in this page about how “ the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” Is because Daisy wishes that her daughter didn’t experience the realization in her life that in this era and time beauty can help her more than intelligence. As the saying goes ignorance is bliss, but Daisy was not ignorant and she had to painfully come to the decision that the more of a “beautiful little fool” she was the better off she’d be. But...