The Great Gatsby Review Zachary RatKing Ratzker Avraham
The Great Gatsby Review Zachary RatKing Ratzker Avraham GiraffeKing Gitlitz Chapter One The narrator of The Great Gatsby is a young man from Minnesota named Nick Carraway. Nick had just arrived in New York, where he moved to work in the bond business, and rented a house on a part of Long Island called
West Egg. West Egg is home to the New Rich, while the east egg is home to the pompous and gaudy Old Rich. One night, Nick drives out to East Egg to have dinner with his cousin Daisy and her husband, Tom Buchanan, a former member of Nicks social club at Yale. Tom leaves the room to take a phone call. Daisy follows him hurriedly, and Jordan (Daisys golf playing friend)tells Nick that the call is from Toms lover in New York. Nick arrives home, and sees Gatsby for the first time standing on the lawn with his arms reaching out toward the dark water. Nick looks out at the water, but all he can see is a distant green light that might mark the end of a dock. Chapter Two Nick and Tom are riding the train into the city through the Valley of Ashes (desolate, gray valley where NYC ashes are dumped)
Tom makes Nick go off of train with him to George Wilsons garage, and we meet Myrtle Wilson, the women who Tom is having an affair with. Tom takes Nick and Myrtle to an apartment he owns in the city and throws a party. Nick does not like this party, and claims it is his second time drunk, but he is amazed by what he sees and does not leave. Myrtle mentions Daisy, Toms wife, and Tom tells her to stop. She doesnt, and Tom punches her in the face, breaking her nose. Nick leaves with another partygoer (Mr. McKee) at 4 AM. Chapter Three
Gatsby throws lavish parties that attract many NYC guests, and Nick is invited to one of these parties. People have silly theories on how Gatsby obtained his wealth the party is incredibly luxurious. Nick brought Jordan with him to the party, and while dining at a table together, a handsome man approaches and claims that he is Gatsby. They also discover that Nick and Gatsby served in the same division during the war. Gatsby is very intriguing to NickGatsby does not drink and remains distant from the rest of the partygoers. Gatsby then sends a messenger to bring Jordan to him later in the evening. When Jordan returns, she says that she heard something incredible. Nick also begins dating Jordan, though she knows that she is dishonest and cheats at golf. Chapter Four
Nick goes to lunch with Gatsby. Gatsby tells Nick some of his history, but Nick does not believe much of it. Gatsby claims that he is from San Francisco, was educated at Oxford, collected jewels in the capitals of Europe, has hunted big game, and has been awarded medals in World War I by multiple European countries. Seeing Nicks skepticism, Gatsby produces a medal from Montenegro and a picture of himself playing cricket at Oxford. Gatsby introduces Nick to Meyer Wolfshiem, who, he claims, was
responsible for fixing the 1919 World Series. Wolfshiem is a shady character and gives Nick the impression that the source of Gatsbys wealth might be illegitimate business. After the lunch, Nick sees Jordan Baker, who tells him that Gatsby told her at the party that he is in love with Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby and Daisy during the war fell in love with each other, but Gatsby left for the war and Daisy chose to marry Tom though she did drink herself into numbness the night before. We also learn that the sole reason Gatsby owns the West Egg mansion is to be near Daisy. Here, Nick realizes that the green light Gatsby was staring at is the light at the end of Daisy's dock. Gatsby wants Nick to set up a tea meeting with Daisy to rekindle their relationship. Chapter Five
Nick tells Gatsby that he will follow through with the plan and arrange a meeting. Gatsby is very happy but very nervous. He sends a gardener to mow Nicks lawn and a man with flowers to place in Nicks house. The meeting is at first terribly awkward. Gatsby is very nervous and he leaves, but comes back. Then Nick leaves, and upon his return, he sees both Daisy and Gatsby extremely happy. Nick wonders whether Daisy can possibly live up to Gatsbys vision of her. Gatsby seems to have idealized Daisy in his mind to the extent that the real Daisy, charming as she is, will almost certainly fail to live up to his expectations. Nick quickly realizes that both Daisy and Gatsby have forgotten that he is there, and he quietly leaves the room. Chapter Six Rumors
began to circulate of Gatsbys illegal activity Tom Buchanan gives a visit to the Gatsby Mansion to find out the reason Daisy secretly comes alone Gatsby invites Tom to stay for dinner but he refuses showing his insincerity towards Gatsby and has not yet found out the true love between Daisy and Jay Both Tom and Daisy go to Gatsbys party, where Tom reveals to Daisy that Gatsbys fortune comes from bootlegging but Daisy angrily replies that his fortune comes from the drugstores he owns Nick tell Gatsby that he cant bring back the past even though jay believes that his money will entice her (Daisy) to live with her Nick knows that Daisy and Jays relationship will never be as close as it was when they lived in Louisville Chapter Seven Jay
firmly announces that his parties will be cancelled Nick is stunned to find out that Tom and Daisy have a baby and Daisy invites Jay to lunch in the city Tom rebukes this meeting and declares that everyone will go with them to the city (Tom figures out their relationship) Tom criticizes Jays habit of calling people old sport and says that he lied about attending oxford Gatsby tells Tom that Daisy loves her but Tom responds by saying that Daisy has a special relationship with him that no one can comprehend Nick, Tom, and Jordan all witness a car crash in the valley of ashes; mIchaelis tells them that Myrtle was the victim Nick and Tom both know that it was most probably Daisy and Jays yellow car that instigated the crash Gatsby is hiding in a bush and tells Nick that he didnt crash the car, but is willing to take the blame for it and is waiting outside to make sure that Tom wont hurt Daisy Chapter Eight Gatsby
waited until four o clock in the morning (outside of the Buchannan residence) and told Nick that nothing happened at Daisys house Gatsby wont leave Daisy behind and continues to tell Nick that he lied to Daisy so he could be worthy of her Gatsby idolizes the relationship that they once had and says that Daisy promised to marry him after he returned from the war Nick struggles to think at his work place and refuses to meet up with Jordan baker Wilson believes that whoever killed Myrtle was her secret lover Wilson knows Tom didnt kill her, and displays revenge when he kills Gatsby who was floating in his pool Nick mourns the death of Gatsby and realizes that he was completely empty without the love of Daisy Chapter Nine Reporters and journalists all come to the mansion to discover the rumors of Gatsby
and the involvement he had with the relationship of Myrtle and Wilson Nick holds a funeral but the only individuals who attend are owl eyes, and Gatsbys father Nick wants to leave New York and discloses his relationship with Jordan Baker Tom reveals to Nick that he told Wilson that Gatsby killed Myrtle in his yellow automobile Nick responds by telling Tom that he is uncaring and his wealth will deflect any negative consequence that is deserved upon him
The last day spent in West Egg, Nick visits Gatsbys mansion and imagines that America was full of exploration and discovery just like Daisy was for Gatsby Finally, Nick understood Gatsbys failure of the American dream with his emptiness and hollowness that he really lived within Character List Nick Carraway: Narrator of novel, the entire story is told through his eyes. He facilitates the rekindling of the romance between Daisy (his cousin) and Gatsby. Honest, tolerant, and inclined to reserve judgment, Nick often serves as a confidant
for those with troubling secrets. Character List Continued: Jay Gatsby : the novel's title character and its protagonist. a mysterious, fantastically wealthy young man. born in North Dakota to an impoverished farming family. He worked briefly for a millionaire, and became acquainted with the people and customs of high society. This, coupled with his love of Daisy, inspired Gatsby to devote his life to the acquisition of wealth. Character List Continued: Daisy Buchanan - Daisy is Nick's cousin, Tom's wife, and the woman that Gatsby loves. She had promised to wait for Jay Gatsby until the end of the war, but after meeting Tom Buchanan and comparing his extreme wealth to Gatsby's
poverty, she broke her promise. Tom Buchanan - A brutal, hulking man, Tom Buchanan is a former Yale football player who, like Daisy, comes from an immensely wealthy Midwestern family. He is immensely racist and sexist. Jordan Baker - professional golfer who cheated in order to win her first tournament. Jordan is extremely cynical, with a masculine, icy demeanor that Nick initially finds compelling. Character List Continued: Myrtle Wilson - An earthy, vital, and voluptuous woman, Myrtle is desperate to improve her life. She shares a loveless marriage with George Wilson, a man who runs a shabby garage. She has been having a long-term affair with Tom Buchanan, and is very jealous of his wife, Daisy. After a fight with her husband, she runs out into the street and is hit and killed by Gatsby's car. George B. Wilson - George is a listless, impoverished man whose only passion is his love for his wife, Myrtle. He is devastated by Myrtle's affair with Tom. After her death, the
magnitude of his grief drives Wilson to murder Jay Gatsby before committing suicide himself. Dan Cody Dan is a somewhat coarse man who became immensely wealthy during the Gold Rush. He mentored Gatsby when he was a young man and gave him a taste of elite society. Though he left Gatsby a sum of money after his death, it was later seized by his ex-wife. Character List Continued: Henry Gatz - Gatsby's father; his son's help is the only thing that saves him from poverty. Gatz tells Nick about his son's extravagant plans and dreams of self-improvement. Meyer Wolfsheim - A notorious underworld figure, Wolfsheim is a business associate of Gatsby. He is deeply involved in organized crime, and even claims credit for fixing the 1919 World Series. He is a curious mix of barbarism and refinement (his cuff links are made from human molars). Michaelis - Wilson's neighbor; he attempts to console Wilson after Myrtle's death.
Catherine - Myrtle Wilson's sister. Tom, Myrtle, and Nick visit her and her neighbors, the McKees, in New York City. Character List Continued: The McKees - Catherine's neighbors. The couple is shallow and gossipy and concern themselves only with status and fashion. Ewing Klipspringer - A shiftless freeloader who almost lives at Gatsby's mansion. Though he takes advantage of Gatsby's wealth and generosity, Klipspringer fails to attend his funeral. Owl Eyes - An eccentric, bespectacled man whom Nick meets at one of Gatsby's parties. He is one of the few people to attend Gatsby's funeral. Possible Essays: 1. Describe how F. Scott Fitzgerald utilizes the American dream in the novel?
Evaluate how jay Gatsby failed to reach the American dream? 2. Describe the differences between West Egg and East Egg. How do these places connect to the character traits of the individuals who live in these places?
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