1.1 'Daisy', pretty plant, pure
and white. Perhaps
appearence and the
performance she puts on.
'They were both in white'
However a daisy is infact
a weed which could
represent a hidden depth
to her which the reader
finds out in chapter one-
'absolute smirk on her
1.2 A daisy also grows
in abundance, you
rarely find one
without an other.
Perhaps this could
represent the lives of
the rich, and how
personalities are all
performed that they
are similar, just like a
gathering of daisies,
none stands out.
1.3 Daisies are also
dependable, with a
lasting bloom even
in draught. Perhaps
this is what catches
about her, how alive
2 Tom Buchanan
2.1 The name 'Tom' is one that is very common, which
perhaps reflects his original lower class background,
which he tries so hard to keep at bay; whether it be his
expensive clothes, or what he chooses to read.
'Straw-haired man' perhaps links to his less wealthy
days, where he may have farmed or been in agriculture.
This could highlight the sense of performance to be of
higher class, that Tom chooses to put on.
2.2 The name
and a lack of
3 Nick Calloway
3.1 Nick Carraway is a
neutral name, one that
could show wealth or
could be the name of a
mere worker which
could show his
3.2 It can be tied to Nicholas II
of Russia, who watched
his entire empire crumble
around him due to
4 Jordan Baker
4.1 'Jordan' is a unisex name, therefore can be
given to a boy or girl. Perhaps this is
reflected in her appearance. 'slender,
small-breasted girl'. This masculinty and the
fact it is new to Nick is perhaps what
interests him so much in her. 'I enjoyed
looking at her'
4.2 Name matches occupation, golf was more of a masculine sport.
5 Myrtle Wilson
5.1 The name 'Myrtle' perhaps reflects how
ordinary she actually is and the world
she lives in, not her aspirational self she
dreams of in East Egg.
5.2 The plant Myrtle is an evergreen shrub. The fact that the
plant is evergreen perhaps reflects the hardy element in
Myrtles nature, and how she has almost fought to rise out of
the 'valley of ashes'
5.2.1 Tough and scrappy shrub
6 George Wilson
6.1 Simple name for a simple man- a name for the working class.
Compared to the pretentious name of Buchanan, Wilson is for
a man who has had to work for his American dream.