I was asked to make this rebloggable, and I live to serve.
Wait, are you trying to get me to do your homework? I’m no dummy. I’m not falling for this.
Though I would definitely say it’s the apiary scene. A lot of critical essays ignore this scene, but Gatsby’s fervent beekeeping, though only mentioned twice, is really central to the novel’s meaning. Gatsby’s apiary , while an appropriate and solid home for his many bees, also has Tiffany lamps for his “little velvet-covered friends.” Note the line: “We’re all like bees, Old Sport. We make honey and we live in a hive with a queen. We seek flowers.” Isn’t this really the 1920s in a nutshell? And when Nick runs out of the apiary covered in bees, we really see his fallibility as a narrator. Compare this to the entire Central Park sequence, where Daisy tries to feed tinned lobster meat to the pigeons, while a hungry family of twelve looks on.
While both Daisy and Gatsby try to take care of the animals, neither really has a true grasp of the situation. What does this say about their situation? And why does Nick kiss Gatsby before the bees attack him? These are questions we need to think about.