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Lernbereich Lektürehilfen
Übersicht
Brave New World
Introduction
Summaries
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4-6
Chapter 7-8
Chapter 9-10
Chapter 11-12
Chapter 13-15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17-18
Characters
Interpretation
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Motifs
Symbols
Style
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Crooked Letter, Crook...
Summaries
Chapter 1 - 2
Chapter 3 - 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10 - 11
Chapter 12 - 13
Chapter 14 - 16
Chapter 17 - 19
Characters
Symbols and Symbolism
Themes and Motifs
Gran Torino
Introduction
Key Scenes
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Storytelling
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Themes and Motifs
Half Broke Horses
Summaries
Chapter I: Salt Draw
Chapter II: The Mirac...
Chapter III: Promises
Chapter IV: The Red S...
Chapter V: Lambs
Chapter VI: Teacher L...
Chapter VII: The Gard...
Chapter VIII: Gumshoe...
Chapter IX: The Flybo...
Epilogue: The Little ...
Family Structures
Main Characters
Lily Casey Smith
Adam Casey
Daisy Mae Casey
Helen Casey
Jim Smith
Rosemary Smith
Rex Walls
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Buster Casey
Dorothy Casey
Mother Albertina
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Orville Stubbs
Jim Smith junior
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Structure of the Nove...
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Verflechtung der Haup...
Verflechtung der Haup...
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Besiedelung des Weste...
9/11
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Macbeth
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Act I
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Othello
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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
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Symbols
Style
Context
Romeo and Juliet
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Summaries
Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
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Setting
The Great Gatsby
Introduction
Summaries
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
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To Kill a Mockingbird
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Summaries
Chapter 1
Chapters 2 - 3
Chapters 4 - 6
Chapters 7 - 8
Chapters 9 - 11
Chapters 12 - 13
Chapters 14 - 15
Chapters 16 - 17
Chapters 18 - 19
Chapters 20 - 22
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Chapters 28 - 31
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Chapter 4

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Summary

  • Nick travels to New York City with Gatsby and Gatsby recounts stories from his past which Nick deems rather implausible
  • claims to be the son of wealthy parents from the Midwest and tells Nick that he is from San Francisco
  • talks about his accomplishments: graduated from Oxford, collected jewels in European capitals, had been awarded with medals during World War I
  • in order to prove the vailidity of his statements, Gatsby shows Nick a medal from Montenegro and a picture from himself in Oxford
  • Gatsby is pulled over with his car from a police officer for speeding and shows the officer a white card; the officer then apologizes for bothering Gatsby
  • they have lunch in New York City with a man called Meyer Wolfsheim who apparently fixed the World Series in 1919
  • Wolfsheim has criminal underground business connections and hints towards the obnoxious source of Gatsby's wealth and towards criminal activities that he and Gatsby are involved in
  • after lunch, Nick meets Jordan who tells him about her strange conversation with Gatsby at his party
  • Jordan tells Nick that Gatsby is actually in love with Daisy Buchanan and that during the war, they fell in love with each other
  • yet, Daisy chose to marry Tom when Gatsby left for war and the night before her wedding, Daisy was so devastated after having read a letter from Gatsby that she drank herself numb
  • although Daisy has always been faithful to her husband Tom, he has cheated on her several times
  • Jordan also claims that Gatsby has bought the mansion in West Egg in order to be close to Daisy and to attract her towards him
  • Nick draws the connection from the first time he saw Gatsby stretching his arms towards a green light to the fact that it was the light of Daisy's dock
  • Gatsby wants Nick to arrange a meeting with Daisy at Nick's house and wants Nick to avoid the fact that Gatsby will also be there
  • that way, Daisy will be forced to see Gatsby

Function

  • parts of Gatsby's past and intentions are revealed
    • Nick does not believe all the stories that Gatsby has told him about his past, only the ones that Gatsby has proof for
    • because of the meeting with Wolfsheim, Nick comes to the conclusion that Gatsby must have attained his wealth through the criminal activity of bootlegging
    • Gatsby as some kind of symbol of the sublime combination of moral decadence and vivacious optimism that preliminated the Roaring 20s
    • also, Gatsby's romantic, lovesick and innocent side is revealed through the story that Jordan tells about him
    • Nick feels an inner conflict towards Gatsby's character due to his representation of hope and love as well as greedy business and moral corruption at the same time
  • the symbolic character of the green light is revealed
    • represents Gatsby's romantic hope to reunite with Daisy
    • the green light also represents the American dream itself due to its connection with Gatsby's irresistible yearning to achieving his dream and at the same time its connection to achieving his dream through material success
Aus: F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby, Wordsworth Classics, 1993, London
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