Also how is it significant that Dan Cody's picture is the only thing in the scene? Fitzgerald uses the character of Dan Cody to subtly suggest that the America of the 1920s is no longer a place where self-made men can thrive. That entire paragraph of his smile shouldgive it away. This quote is said by Nick and he is talking about when Dan Cody showed up with his yacht. But there is a decided downside to this American dream. I teach this every year. Cody and Daisy share a similar role of representing the wealth and luxury for which Gatsby longs. We're wondering if Gatsby wouldn't have been better off without them.
With his riches, Jay Gatsby is trying to achieve the American Dream. One day, he saw a yacht owned by Dan Cody, a wealthy copper mogul, and rowed out to warn him about an impending storm. Acutely aware of his poverty, the young Gatsby develops a powerful obsession with amassing wealth and status. The trio's behavior is nothing less than appalling. Nick suspects he had the name ready prior to meeting Cody, but it was Cody who gave Gatsby the opportunity to hone the fiction that would define his life.
George Wilson shot Gatsby because it was his yellow car that had ran over Mrytle Wilson. He worked on Lake Superior the next summer fishing for salmon and digging for clams. He gave Gatsby the drive to make money and be happy the rest of his life. Dan Cody is also the name of a character in the novel. Cody is a relatively minor character whose generosity and gratitude inadvertently increase Gatsby's sensitivity towards his own lack of wealth and status.
This suggests he realise at the end of the the novel how he had realised the wrong impression which Nick had got from Gatsby. His work as a janitor is a gross humiliation because it is at odds with his ideal of himself; to protect that ideal, he is willing to damage his actual circumstances. He knew this is what he wanted in his life, and soon changed his name to Jay Gatsby. I suppose he smiled at Cody — he had probably discovered that people liked him when he smiled. Why not have her cry at any of 100 other moments that made more sense? It was James Gatz who had been loafing along the beach that afternoon in a torn green jersey and a pair of canvas pants, but it was already Jay Gatsby who borrowed a rowboat, pulled out to the Tuolomee, and informed Cody that a wind might catch him and break him up in half an hour.
While Owl Eyes may not know Gatsby's past like Nick and Gatz do, he realizes that Gatsby does have a past, and therefore, presumedly, comes to the funeral. This is a great example of appearance vs. One autumn night, five years before, they had been walking down the street when the leaves were falling, and they came to a place where there were no trees and the sidewalk was white with moonlight. This quote shows that Gatsby and Cody were not just co-workers but they were best friends as well. Even though this was an amendment to the constitution many people chose freely to go against this law.
Up to this point, the purpose of the parties was twofold: to get Daisy's attention or, failing that, to make contact with someone who knows her. Perhaps some unbelievable guest would arrive, a person infinitely rare and to be marvelled at, some authentically radiant young girl who with one fresh glance at Gatsby, one moment of magical encounter, would blot out those five years of unwavering devotion. Fitzgerald used two characters because he has had two different personalities throughout his life. This picture is a picture of a yacht and it is related to the chpater because we get a little info about Gatsby old jobs. . This quote relates to chapter six because it shows how close they were.
Later, Daisy and Gatsby adjourn to Nick's steps for a half-hour of privacy. Rumors about Gatsby's past abound by the end of the summer, making a perfect segue for Nick to tell the real story on his neighbor — James Gatz from North Dakota. But he would be uneasy anyhow until he had given them something, realizing in a vague way that that was all they came for. At any rate Cody asked him a few questions one of them elicited the brand new name and found that he was quick and extravagantly ambitious. He was a one of a kind.
Daisy acquired plenty of 'old money' and the respecting status when she married Tom Buchanan. Fitzgerald makes a ton of references to light and dark in Chapter 5. Dan Cody is a wealthy copper mogul whom Jay Gatsby saves. By God, I may be old-fashioned in my ideas, but women run around too much these days to suit me. It is also a symbol of ultimate bliss.