Saturday, June 21, 2008

Gatz

Who is Henry C. Gatz?
What is the book Henry Gatz shows Nick? Why is it important to the novel?

10 comments:

Young Eui Hong said...

Henry C. Gatz is Jay Gatsby's father who appears at the end of the novel after Gatsby dies. Henry Gatz shows Hopalong Cassidy to Nick, which is a book owned by Gatsby when he was a boy. This book showed Nick that Gatsby always had in mind of improving more and more each day. Hopalong Cassidy is important to the novel because the readers can, at this point, realize that Gatsby became successful, stood on the position where he was and was truly loved by those around him (excluding the fact that nobody showed up for his funeral) through improvement of mind and way of being. Gatsby aimed his life to perfection, his life was always scheduled and in the end, Gatsby might have, or already may have climbed to the climax of his life.

kristeena said...

The day of Jay Gatsby's funeral a new character appears in the novel. Henry C. Gatz, Gatsby's father, comes to the funeral where he meets Nick. This part of novel helps explain more of the mysterious life of Gatsby. When Henry shows Nick a small book that contains his sons' schedule as a younger man it helped understand Gatsby's character further and visualize him as a young boy pursuing perfection, richness and in his mind happiness.

Kyle said...

Like Young and Kristeena stated, the book was used by Gatsby for a silhouette for his future life. And as a young man, he was dedicated to work assiduously to succeed, and, ultimately, appease to Daisy.

When I read Young's passage, I had to disagree with the fact that "he was truly loved by those around him". I am skeptical of that statement because I believe people "loved" his wealth rather than him.

dani.k said...

Henry C. Gatz, Gatsby's father, was a farmer who lived in a house that Gatsby had purchased for him. The book had a list that Gatsby had written before his success, showing his ambition and determination. What was impressive about this list was that it shows that he has guidelines; he was determined to get what he wanted, but in a way that was realistic. He wanted to be better; to go higher. It shows a side of him that hadn't been shown before. It also showed that he was willing to make sacrifices to mold himself into the man he aspired to be. Henry C. Gatz was as proud as a father could be, even when Gatby was not wealthy. The book proved to me that Gatsby was way above any other character in the story. He had morals and dicipline; he was honorable.

Janique said...

Henry C. Gatz, Jay Gatsby's father, is introduced at Gatsby's funeral. During this time he shows Nick a small book, and in the book a written a schedule. The schedule had been written by Gatsby as a young boy. This shows how determined Gatsby was. It showed even as a young boy the want he had to improve himself. I am going to agree with Kyle on disagreeing with what Young said about " he was truly loved by those around him...". It seems to me that all Gatby's "friends" weren't friends at all. A good friend would turn up to your funeral even if it meant putting everything else planned aside and on hold. All Jay Gatsby's friends were just using Gatsby, they weren't interested in his friendship but instead his status, money, and basically everything materialistic. Jay Gastby was loved all for the wron reasons by some people, but a few people truly loved him, and those were the ones that knew him well enough and had gone through better and worse with him.

hyunah said...

Gatsby’s father, Henry C. Gatz shows Nick in chapter IX a book called Hopalong Cassidy, in which at the back cover has Gatsby’s schedule. This is important to the novel because it not only shows more about Gatsby’s character but also about the future or dream during that era. This schedule explains to the reader that Gatsby was an individual who strove to improve. This shows that Gatsby strove to attain his dream (Daisy) and strove to be successful. In a sense Gatsby failed to achieve his dream. This can also be seen by the character George Wilson who lost Myrtle as Gatsby lost Daisy. This shows that during the 1920’s, in which this book takes place, the “dream” of the people was being lost and materialism was evident during that period.

Norberto said...

During the end of the novel we meet Gatsby’s father, Henry C. Gatz. Henry introduced a book called Hopalong Cassidy, the book contained Gatsby’s schedule. This allowed the reader to further understand Gatsby and the goals people wanted to reach during this time period. We understood that Gatsby’s life quest involved improving himself and becoming someone better everyday. He strove to become someone successful and we notice that he was able to accomplish the majority of his goals. This was important because we can learn the morals and values people desired back then. Most of these things involved materialistic wishes. People were not only corrupted economically, but also socially. We can see how mean and uncaring people were; as they don’t attend the funeral, all they wanted was money and status.

JinA said...

Henry C. Gatz is the father of Gatsby. He is mentioned at the end of the novel, in his son's funeral. While he is talking to Nick, Mr. Gatz shows Nick a book called Hopalong Cassidy. It was Gatsby’s book when he was young. This book showed Gatsby's schedule and goals which revealed the true Gatsby, the Gatsby before Daisy. The book being mentioned is important because it shows Gatsby's innocence. He was Jimmy Gatz, a normal boy with many goals and achievements who changed to Jay Gatsby, a rich man whose goal was to be with Daisy.

clara said...

Henry C. Gatz was Gatsby’s father who showed up to his funeral. At the funeral, Henry Gatz shows Nick a book that Gatsby had since he was young which showed his desire to progress and achieve recognition. To follow up on what Kyle said, Gatsby never was truly “loved;” not one of Gatsby’s “friends” showed up at his funeral which just shows how all of them were close to Gatsby for his wealth and lavish parties. I think Hyun Ah has a great insight on what the “dreams” of the 1920s were and the book proves that it was truly an era of materialism.

Maria S. said...

Henry C. Gatz is Gatsby’s father, an old farmer from the west. We learn that Gatsby ran away from home when he was young and that his parents were destroyed until they understood Gatsby had to do his own thing. Mr. Gatz shows Nick an old Hopalong Cassidy book where Gatsby had written things like goals and rules for himself. It shows us that from the beginning Gatsby was determined to make something good out of his life and he saw towards the future. The older Gatsby that we meet is a hard worker and has turned into what he wanted but he is no longer he no longer looks into the future but instead is stuck in the past. Gatsby has achieved the success he wanted but he didn’t do it for himself, he did it all to please Daisy.