The Great Gatsby

10. What two men are shown in this chapter as Gatsby’s mentors or “father figures”? How are they different?

Chapters 8&9

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Gatsby's father, Henry C. Gatz, is a solemn old man left helpless and distraught by the death of his son. Gatz shows Nick a book in which the young Gatsby kept a self-improvement schedule; nearly every minute of his day was meticulously planned.

Wolfshiem is the passive father figure and griever.

Dear Mr. Carraway. This has been one of the most terrible shocks of my life to me I hardly can believe it that it is true at all. Such a mad act as that man did should make us all think. I cannot come down now as I am tied up in some very important business and cannot get mixed up in this thing now. If there is anything I can do a little later let me know in a letter by Edgar. I hardly know where I am when I hear about a thing like this and am completely knocked down and out.

Yours truly Meyer Wolfshiem

and then hasty addenda beneath:

Let me know about the funeral etc. Do not know his family at all.


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