Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Great Gatsby Chapter 4 Question 7

Nick says, "There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired." What does Nick mean? How does each character in the novel fit into this schema?


Dan McCarthy said...

When Nick says "There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired."he is saying that everyone falls into one of those categories. The pursued are men like Gatsby who everyone is after, people who there are always interest. Jordan would also fall into this category. The pursuing are people who are always chasing something wether it be a person or a goal. Gatsby is pursuing Daisy, Nick is pursuing Jordan and Gatsby. The busy are always doing something like Tom and Jordan. The tired are barely ever doing anything like Daisy or sometimes Nick. Nick believes that these categories are true and based on the people he knows they are.

Olivia Fuller said...

I agree completly with Dan. I also want to add that he could be saying that the seeminly complicated world that we live in is acctruly black and white. It is divided into very disinguishible categories, with no gray areas.