Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Great Gatsby Chapter 7 Question 6

What was significant about Nick's 30th birthday?

11 comments:

Dan McCarthy said...

The significance of the day being nick' 30th birthday is that through all the chaos and trouble he has been though he is entering a new phase of his life. It was meaningful because the fact that everyone else's lives were looking down Nick saw promise in his future moving on. he is surrounded by disaster but yet there can still be happiness.

Cam Shepard said...

The significance of Nick turning 30, is that its his birthday. Through everything thats happened he still can enjoy his birthday. The one day a year when he can be totally happy no matter what is going on around him.

Derek Stemmler said...

The significant thing about this day of chaos and dilemma, is that it is Nick's 30th birthday. To me, it is kinda funny that his birthday is on this day because your birthday is supposed to be a day of joy and happiness. To Nick, it still is and he tries to not let this trouble affect his day. He sorta kept it to himself that it was his birthday because everyone else was dealing with their own problems throughout this chapter. He did not want to make a big deal about it, and to me, this shows Nick is a very considerate person.

Olivia Fuller said...

The fact that it is Nicks 30th birthday on what can be viewed to be the climax of the book is satire to me. It is a turning point in his life his is maturing quite a bit.

Chuck Barbaro said...

The significance of the day being Nick's 30th birthday is to show how pure hearted Nick is. Although his birthday is supposed to be the one day of the year that is for him, he continues to deal with all of his friends problems.

Nick Boutoures said...

I agree with everyone else. Even though Nick is involved in all this chaos and maybe involved in the vehicular homocide, he still found some hapiness in it all. He seemed a little sarcastic when he mentioned that it was his birthday. I bet he was trying to calm the mood when he said it.

Arianna Miranda said...

The significance of Nick turning 30, is through all the trouble he had made it to another year. He is surrounded by others ruins but finds happiness luring in the future.

Pat said...

Nicks 30th birthday is significant because he has been through alot of trouble for the first 30 years of his life. Now he can began a new phase of his life and live it differently.

quickwolf said...

Actually, the significance of Nick's 30th birthday resides not in optimism but in pessimism. As stated in chapter 1, Nick wanted to be as impartial as he could be and to understand people before coming to an opinion about them. This short line is the turning point in this philosophy, the apex of the tension, and the moment when Nick lays down his judgement of the upper class society, old and new money. He decides that they are all corrupted, and he realizes that he has finally broken free from his naivety into the reality that life is corrupted. This realization is characterized by Nick turning 30, the age that most people associate with maturation.

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