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A short summary of f scott fitzgeralds novel the great gatsby

Written in 1925, The Great Gatsby allowed F. Scott Fitzgerald to capture a time of excess. Through his characters, we are shown a world of money, of class and power, of drinking, and casual love affairs.

Scott Fitzgerald died young, a member of this "lost generation," who sank deep into alcoholism and yet produced beautiful stories about his so-called Jazz Age. Nick narrates the story. A smart guy with a good head on his shoulders, he is responsible and disciplined. He went to Yale University, fought in the army, then started a bond business. Gatsby lives next door to Nick. Always throwing giant parties, Gatsby is a complex character. It turns out that Gatsby has a history of crime, some dirty friends, and is having an affair with Daisy.

Tom is racist, aggressive, and is having an affair with some really sexy babe named Myrtle, who he treats him like dirt.

At the end of the book, he confronts Gatsby about screwing his wife. Then he tells some lies and gets Gatsby in trouble. Daisy is like that perfect girl who every guy wants. Daisy is getting is on with Gatsby. Jordan is a woman.

The Great Gatsby

She is a pro-golfer, and is kind of like the "modern woman. The woman that Tom has an affair with, she gets killed in the end. Jay Gatsby lives next door in a mansion. The Buchanans live is East Egg, the richer, cooler side of town. He has an apartment for her in NY where they get together and have hot sex. One day Tom takes Nick to that apartment. Nick meets Myrtle, and together with some other people they talk, drink, and get wasted. A couple weeks go by, and then Nick meets his neighbor, Jay Gatsby.

Gatsby has these huge parties, but nobody knows anything about him. He is a mystery. He met her along time ago and they hooked up, then lost contact with her.

His original name was Jay Gatz. He dropped out of college, and befriended some millionaire. That guy left Gatsby a lot of money. Then the affair comes out in the open.

Short Summary of “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

All the 5 characters get in a car and go to the Plaza Hotel. They get a suite at the hotel. Then Tom and Gatsby yell at each other. Finally Tom wins because Daisy says she is not going away with Gatsby.

  • Nick moves to West Egg, Long Island to become a bond man;
  • He is still waiting for Daisy to change her mind and come back to him, but she and Tom skip town the next day;
  • He has always been extremely ambitious, creating the Jay Gatsby persona as a way of transforming himself into a successful self-made man - the ideal of the American Dream;
  • Tom confronts Daisy and Gatsby about the affair on a broiling hot day when the five of them Nick and Jordan included drive into the City and spend the afternoon drinking in a hotel;
  • Tom starts cheating on Daisy.

Tom sends Daisy home with Gatsby. On the way home, their car hits and kills Myrtle Wilson. Daisy was driving, so it was her fault, but Gatsby says he will take the blame. Then Nick goes to work, but is feeling scared for Gatsby, so he leaves to try and find him.

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Also, George Wilson husband of Myrtle, the chick who was killed in the car wreck is lying there. George Wilson shot Gatsby for "supposedly" killing his wife and then shot himself. When they bump into each other on 5th Ave.

Disgusted with everything, Nick moves back to the Midwest. East Egg is a fancy town with very rich people and West Egg is the less popular, less well off place. Jordan Baker is there, too. Jordan leaves early because she has a golf tournament in the morning. Nick goes home and sees Gatsby for the first time. Nick meets George and his wife, Myrtle.

Remember, Tom is sleeping with her. We see that Myrtle Wilson is this sexy lady and George Wilson is a boring dude. They all get drunk and talk a lot of crap. He sees Jordan Baker there and they talk. Finally, he meets Gatsby. The party goes on, people get drunk, and Gatsby leaves at 2 AM to take a phone call. We learn that Nick hooks up with Jordan in the middle of the summer, and that she is a dishonest woman. Meyer Wolfsheim joins them for lunch.

He is a shady business guy. On her wedding night she got a letter from Gatsby, and was so affected, she got drunk. Jordan tells Nick that Gatsby wants to see Daisy again. Gatsby is nervous because he is going to see Daisy again. Daisy and Gatsby have fun and talk all night long. Tom and Daisy argue and Tom talks crap about Gatsby. Nick and Gatsby talk about Daisy and Gatsby says he wants to go back to the time when they were in love.

Daisy and Gatsby cannot hide their love. Tom is angered by this. Myrtle Wilson sees Tom there. They all go to a hotel and get a suite.

  1. He rents a cheap little house in West Egg, the less fashionable version of East Egg, Long Island, and lives there among the nouveau riche or new money.
  2. Tom is angered by this.
  3. This party seems both quick and interminable and sets the stage for the other parties in the novel, which grow bigger, grander, and more absurd with time.
  4. Nick goes through a change in this book.

Daisy and Gatsby hit Myrtle Wilson with their car and kill her. Gatsby decides to take the blame even though Daisy was driving. Nick goes to work, but is worrying about Gatsby so he tries to go find him. He also finds George Wilson's body. Tom and Daisy leave the city and move elsewhere. Nick dumps Jordan, and moves back to the Midwest. Money is a large part of the American Dream.

Self-worth and social image is based on material gain and affluence, rather than personal character. However, coming from a good social standing and favorable upbringing gain override newer financial gain. Consider the issues of morality in this novel. They have all this money and power and live shallow lives concerned with their own pleasures, no matter what the effects on others.

Nick goes through a change in this book. By telling us the story of Gatsby, he himself has gone through some change in his nature, grown up a bit, and learned some stuff about life. There are innumerable references to time throughout the novel.