Quote: "Whenever you feel like criticizing any one," he told me, "just remember the advantages that you've had..." In consequence I'm inclined to reserve all judgments. (7).
Analysis: Meet Nick Carraway, the novel's narrator, who utters his first ironic statement. The entire novel is full of Nick's judgments.
Quote: He was content to be alone--he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and as far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward--and distinguished nothing except a single green light" (24).
Analysis: Meet Jay Gatsby, Nick's new neighbor. Gatsby stares at a green light in the distance. The green light he sees shines on the dock of Daisy Buchanan, whom Gatsby loves, even though they haven't seen each other for five years. Today, we call this stalking. The green light, in a broader sense, symbolizes the American Dream and the pursuit of wealth--something, despite his immense riches--Gatsby never achieves.
Quote: Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand (37).
Analysis: Meet Tom Buchanan. He's the type of guy you pretend to like because he's athletic, rich, and powerful. Secretly you want him to get hit by a bus (especially if you're in the will). We see Tom's moral decadence as he breaks his mistress's nose for suggesting he divorce Daisy, making him a woman abuser and an adulterer. The reader immediately sees that although Tom cheats on his wife, he has no intention of leaving her.