27th June 2017

1.1 planning grids

Key Event Relationship
Hotel Scene Tom and Daisy
Gatsby’s party Nick and Gatsby
Gatsby and Daisy’s reunion  

Gatsby and Daisy

“If it wasn’t for the mist we could see your home across the bay’, said Gatsby. ‘You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock.”

“Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever. Compared to the great distance that separated him from Daisy, it had seemed very near to her, almost touching her. It had seemed as close as a star to the moon. Now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one.”


Event Idea Evidence
Gatsby’s death Negative impact’s Nick’s happiness because of losing his friend

Positive impact’s Tom as he can sustain his illusion and can be with Daisy.

Negative impact’s Gatsby as he has lost his dream with Daisy.

A new world, material without being real, where poor ghosts, breathing dreams like air, drifted fortuitously about . . . like that ashen, fantastic figure gliding toward him through the amorphous trees.”

“They were careless people…”

Lunch at the Buchanans Negative impact’s Nick as this is the first time he is thrust into the drama of others.

Negative impact’s Tom having to deal with the possibility of Daisy finding out of the affair

Positive impact’s Jordan getting to be introduced to Nick thus starting their romantic affair

and the history of the summer really begins on the evening I drove over there to have dinner with the Tom Buchanans. “

“… in a rather distinguished secret society to which she and Tom belonged.”


Myrtle’s death Negative impact’s Myrtle not being allowed to fulfill her dream of sustaining an illusion as upper class, cause she’s dead.

Negative impact’s George as he is driven mad with grief at the sight of her wife’s dead body.

Positive impact’s Tom because he can now use George’s grief as a revenge plan against Gatsby.

“God knows what you’ve been doing, everything you’ve been doing. You may fool me, but you can’t fool God!”

“They were gone, without a word, snapped out, made accidental, isolated, like ghosts, even from our pity.”

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