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Impressing the Impressive

The ever so Great Gatsby. He was so foolishly infatuated with Daisy, a girl who couldn’t accept him because he was once a poor boy when they first met, and he carried a mysterious vibe wherever he went. The conflict between him and Daisy, and the matter of impressing Daisy, was tough.

In the story, ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the story is told in the point of view of Nick, Gatsby’s neighbor. It was set in the summer of 1922 in Long Island, New York. The story of Nick, who goes to visit Daisy, his cousin, and lives next door to a mysterious man by the name of Jay Gatsby. With Nick’s help Gatsby and Daisy are reunited. Though a joyous occasion, conflict stirs between Daisy and Gatsby. Since Gatsby has a mysterious past, “…and I knew why Jordan Baker had believed he was lying… I wondered if there wasn’t something a little sinister about him, after all.” (Fitzgerald 40). Daisy is reluctant to accepting him, much less, showing affection towards him.

During the rising action, the most prominent conflict is the one between Gatsby and Daisy. Gatsby is constantly trying to impress Daisy, and getting her to accept him. But because of difference in social classes, Daisy doesn’t warm up to him. For me, this happens in many difference occasions. When I first went to Beijing New Talent, not many people accepted me; it was because I was different, in the way that I wasn’t a fluent Chinese speaker, even after my first year, and I started becoming better at Chinese, they didn’t care to learn that I now understood most things. It was like how Gatsby – before he inherited all his families’ money – wasn’t accepted by many, and yet after, they still were iffy about him, “‘My God, I believe the man’s coming,’ said Tom. ‘Doesn’t he know she doesn’t want him?” (64). Sure he was impressive, but so was Daisy, and impressing the impressive, was a truly difficult matter.

Did I Find the Bass, or Sheila Mant in My Poem?

found poem

The found poem I wrote from the story, “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant“, by W.D. Wetherell, was all written from the last page of this story. The poem is based on the conflict, how it was an internal conflict, and how the choice affected him. In the story, the conflict is his decision of cutting the rope and getting the girl, or losing the girl but getting the bass. The first stanza explaining how hard this conflict is to him, and the second stanza explains his choice, and the third his feelings. My pictures that I drew were based on the text, and one side of the heart is more red then the other, showing that he had more feeling in his heart for Sheila (hence the color matching her hair), and the other side is more of a faint red, showing how faint his heart beats for the bass. On the top it shows a boy in a canoe, entering a large wave, showing his struggle. That’s just how my poem works out.