The Great Gatsby Summary

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It was after the war when Nick Carraway moved from the Midwest to West Egg, Long Island, seeking his fortune in bond business. He rented a house stood between enormous houses. One of those was belonging to Jay Gatsby.

One evening, Nick was invited to Daisy’s house in the East Egg. She was Nick’s cousin who had married Tom Buchanan, a man Nick knew at Yale University. Tom had been famous football player at college and his family was very rich. Few days later, Nick drove to Buchanan’s big house in East Egg. There he met a professional golfer, Jordan Baker who told Nick that Tom was being in an affair with another woman. When Nick went back to West Egg, he saw a man was standing alone on the lawn of Gatsby’s house. He was sure that the man was Mr. Gatsby himself.

One Sunday afternoon, Nick and Tom went to New York City by train and on the way they stop at the garage owned by George Wilson. Wilson was the husband of Myrtle, with whom Tom was having an affair. Tom told Myrtle to join them later in the city. In the city, Tom took Nick and Myrtle to an apartment at which he kept for his affair. There, they had a party with Myrtle’s sister, Catherine, and a couple named McKee. They gossiped about Gatsby. At about midnight, Myrtle began taunting Tom about Daisy and he reacted by hitting her nose. The party was over.

One day, Nick was invited to one of Gatsby’s parties. As soon as he arrived there, he began to look for Gatsby to thank him for his invitation, but no one knew where he was. Nick met Jordan Baker. They both then went to look for Gatsby. They finally met him unintentionally. Gatsby asked to speak to Jordan Baker alone; after talking with Gatsby for quite a long time, she told Nick that she had heard most surprising thing. However, she could not yet share it with him.

One morning, Gatsby visited Nick’s home and invited him to lunch. At the time, in his car, Gatsby claimed that he came from a wealthy San Francisco family and said that he was educated at Oxford after serving in the war. He also showed Nick his medal from war and a photograph while he was in Oxford. At lunch, Gatsby introduces Nick to his friend, Meyer Wolfsheim, a gambler. There, they met Tom Buchanan, but Gatsby mysteriously gone after shaking hand with him.

Later that afternoon, Nick met Jordan at the Plaza Hotel. There, she explained about her talks with Gatsby. He had been in love with Daisy Buchanan when they met in Louisville before the war. Jordan stated that he was still in love with her. Gatsby asked Nick to invite Daisy. He arranged a meeting with her. Before meeting, Gatsby let her men to prepare Nick’s house. After an awkward meeting, Gatsby gave Daisy a tour at his house. They began their affair.

Tom and Daisy attended one of Gatsby’s parties. While Tom spending his time with other woman, Gatsby and Daisy danced together. By the time, Buchanans were ready to leave, Tom was in bad temper. He swore to search who Gatsby was and where his money came from. After the party, Gatsby told Nick that he wanted Daisy to ask tom for a divorce. He wanted Daisy to tell that she did not love him. That she loved Gatsby. Gatsby wanted to bring her back to Louisville.

Gatsby and Daisy’s affair began to grow and they saw each other more frequently. On one day, the hottest of the summer, Gatsby and Nick had a journey to East Egg to have lunch with the Buchanans and Jordan Baker. There, Tom understood. His wife, Daisy was in love with Gatsby. Because of the heat, Daisy suggested they take a trip to the city. As the preparation to leave for the city, Tom fetched a bottle of whiskey. Tom, Nick, and Jordan drove in Gatsby’s car, while Gatsby and Daisy drove Tom’s. Low on gas, Tom stopped Gatsby’s car at Wilson’s gas station, where he saw that Wilson was not well. Like Tom, who had just learned of Daisy’s affair, Wilson had just learned of Myrtle’s, although he did not know who the man and it had made him sick. Wilson also told his plan to take Myrtle to the West. They then stayed at Plaza Hotel where Tom and Gatsby had a confrontation. Gatsby persuaded Daisy to tell Tom that she did not love him, but Daisy could not do that so He did it himself. Tom revealed to Daisy that Gatsby’s wealth came from illegal activities.

On the trip back to East Egg, Gatsby allowed Daisy to drive in order to calm her nerves. Passing Wilson’s garage, Daisy hit Myrtle; she was killed instantly. They continued their trip. When Nick, Jordan, and Tom drove through the valley of ashes, they discovered that Gatsby’s car had struck and killed Myrtle, Tom’s lover. They rushed back to Long Island, where Nick learned from Gatsby that Daisy was driving the car when it struck Myrtle, but that Gatsby intended to take the blame. The next day, Tom told Myrtle’s husband, George, that Gatsby was the driver of the car. George, who had leapt to the conclusion that the driver of the car that killed Myrtle must had been her lover, found Gatsby in the pool at his mansion and shot him dead. He then finally shot himself.

After the murder, the Buchanans left the city. Nick was left to organize Gatsby’s funeral, but found that few people cared for Gatsby. Only Meyer Wolfsheim showed a letter of grief, and few people attended the funeral. One of them was Gatsby’s father, Henry Gatz who revealed the true identity of Jay Gatsby. His real name was James Gatz. He lived near Lake Superior as poor fisherman, but had his name legally changed to Jay Gatsby. Dan Cody took him sailing and served as Gatsby’s mentor until his death. Though Gatsby did not get any money from that man, Gatsby had learnt how the rich live.

Disgusted with life in New York, Nick decided to return to the Midwest.


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