The Great Gatsby Timeline

In chapter 1, Nick Carraway is introduced as the narrator and shares advice his father gave him at a young age. As this quote shows, "In my younger and more velnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since."(5) The advice that his father gave him included him to remember how he grew up before criticizing those around him, as this shows "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had."(5) Nick then begins to discuss a "man in uniform" representing that Nick was in the army. Nick introduces Gatsby, discussing what Gatbsy represented, which he disliked. However, Nick did not mind because Nick was fascinated by Gatbsy.
Nick Carraway introduces his family as wealthy folks who lived in a middle-western city for three generations. The Carraway's are a "clan" that have a tradition of descending from the "Dukes of Buccleuch," however, Nicks grandfathers brother, who came in 1851, started the wholesale hardware business, as this shows, "...but the actual founder of my line was my grandfather's brother who came here in fifty-one... started the wholesale hardware business that my father carries on today."(7) Nick reveals that he participated in the "Great War." When Nick returned home, he felt as if the middle-western city wasn't the same, resulting his departure to the east and learning about the bond business. This resulted him living in west egg, a less fashionable class compared to the east egg.
Nick introduces Daisy and Tom Buchanan, who lived across from him, east egg. Nick revels that Daisy is his second cousin and he had known Tom since college, as this shows, " Daisy was my second cousin once removed and I'd know Tom since college." (10) Nick begins to reveal background about Tom, such as his family being enormously wealthy. Tom's speaking voice came out as a "gruff husky tenor." Tom's personality comes off strong and shows that he bosses Nick around, as this quote shows, " just because I'm stronger and more of a man than you are."(11) Tom is also sought as an abuser because he may or may not have broken Daisy's finger intentionally. During dinner, Tom begins to freak out and state "Civilization is going to pieces."(16)
Nick introduces Jordan Baker as Daisy's childhood besfriend. As Tom and Daisy begin to have a fight during dinner, Jordan reveals that Tom has a woman up in New York, as this quote shows, " Tom's got some woman in New York." (19) Baker reveals that the woman calls Tom at his home and shows no respect. However, Daisy is aware and brushes it off while Nick is over.
Daisy wanted to speak to Nick, revealing that she had a daughter. She begins to reveal that Tom was not there for the brith of his child, as this quote shows, "I woke up out of ether with an utterly abandoned feeling and asked the nurse right away if it was a boy or a girl." (21) Daisy had a girl, and was half beacsue she wanted to raise her right an not be brought up as Daisy was.
Introduced in chapter 2, The valley of ashes, which lies between west egg and New York. As this quote shows, " A fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens, where ashes take the form of houses and chimneys and rising smoke...."(27) This quote gives a detail description of the valley of ashes.
Above the grey land, layed the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg, representing God's eyes.
Nick and Tom drive through the valley of ashes, however Tom pulls off to a garage where George Wilson is introduced. They stopped at George's garage because Tom's mistress was George's wife, however George did not notice. George was a poor man and wanted to sell Tom a car, as this quote shows, " When are you going to see that car to me?"(29) This shows that George is urging to make as much money as he can.
Myrtle Wilson is introduced and comes off as a bossy woman. As this wuote shows, "Get some chairs, why don't you, so somebody can sit down."(30) This quote shows that Myrtle bosses George around and George is to vulnerable to stand up for himselff. Myrtle moved closed to Tom, resulting in Tom whispering," I want to see you." Myrtle and Tom meet in NYC and roam the streets. After, Tom goes to an apartment and brings Myrtle and Nick along. While Nick waits in the living room, Tom and Myrtle get their freak on in the bedroom.
The McKees are introduced. Catherine is described as a slender woman sticky bob red hair and a complexion as a powder white, as this shows, " ...worldly girl of ability thirty with a solid sticky bob of red hair and a complexion powdered milky white."(34) Mr. McKee, who isn't given a name, is described as pale feminine man.
They all throw a party at the apartment and Nick gets drunk for the second time in his life because he isn't much of a drinker. During this party, myrtle starts to chatter "Daisy" to Tom and Tom vigorously warned Myrtle to stop, but she didn't. This resulted in Tom acting out and breaking Myrtles nose with his open hand. As this quote shows, " Daisy! Daisy! Daisy!... Making a short deft movement Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand." (41) This quote reveals how much of a man Tom really is.
Chapter 3 introduces the extravgent parties that Gatsby throws. At these parties, guest show up uninvited, Gatsby does not know anyone who attends these parties, and in the end, has to hire extra workers to cleanup the after math. During these extravagant parties, rumors, such as a German spy, graduate from Oxford, he's killed a man in cold blood, and second cousin to the devil, would spread around, but no one knew the truth because no one knew what he looked like or who he was as a person. As this white shows, "Somebody told me they thought he killed a man once." (48) This quote shows one of the many rumors that surfaced at the party.
Nick and Jordan roam off to find Gatsby themselves, but no luck, however, they run into Gatsby's library, where they meet owl eyes. Owl eyes is obsessed with Gatsby's library because he finds that all of Gatsby's books are real without uncut pages. Owl eyes expected to find fake books made with cardboard, but instead found books with real expensive leather. As this quote shows, " I thought they'd be a nice durable coardboard. Matter of the fact they're absolutely real." (50) This quote shows that owl eyes is fascinated by the books.
Gatsby introduces himself to Nick and Jordan and apologizes for being a bad hostess. After their encounter, Gatsby asks his butler to inform Jordan that he wanted to speak to her alone. As this quote shows, "Gatsby's butler was suddenly standing beside us. " I beg your pardon, but Mr.Gatsby would like to speak to you alone." (55) This quote shows that Gatsby wanted to speak to Jordan alone. During their conversation, Jordan realizes everything makes sense, but teases Nick to tell him what he said and instead, forms a fate to have tea so she can discuss what her and Gatsby talked about.
In chapter 4, Gatsby shows up in his new cream yellow car to Nick's house and offers to take Nick to lunch in New York. During their drive to New York, Gatsby begins to reveal himself to Nick and tell him the "truth" about his private life. Gatsby claims that he grew up in a walethy family, which are all dead now, and graduated from Oxford. As this quote shows, " We'll, I'm going to tell you something about my life... I don't want you to get a wrong idea of me from all these stories you hear."(69) This quote shows that Gatsby wanted to make sure that Nick knew the "truth" of who he really was. When Gatsby was being pursued by a police officer, Gatsby waved out his Christmas card and the officer suddenly goes the other direction; he claims that he did a favor for the police commissioner, in result of Gatsby receiving Christmas cards every year. As this quote shows, " I was able to do the commissioner a favor once, and he sends me a Christmas card every year." (73)
Gatsby introduces Nick to Meyer Wolfsheim, who was a gangster. Nick noticed Wolfsheim's cuff buttons made of human molars. However, Nick felt uneasy and asked Gatsby if he was a dentist, but Gatsby referred to him as a gambler. As this quote shows, "Meyer Wolfsheim? No, he's a gambler." Gatsby hesitated, then added coolly: "he's the man who fixed the World Series back in 1919." (78) This reveals that Wolfsheim is a gambler who fixed the World Series.
Nick and Jordan go on their date revealing that Gatsby amd Daisy were once lovers. However, they drifted apart because he went to war and did not write Dasiy back, but Gatsby asked Jordan to ask Nick to ask Daisy to come over for tea so Gatsby can speak to her in person. As this quote shows, "She's not to know about it. Gatsby doesn't want her to know. You're just supposed to invite her to tea."(85) This quote shows Jordan discussing the plan with Nick.
In chapter 5, Daisy and Gatsby reunite. Before Daisy arrived, it was pouring rain, symbolizing Gatsby's nervousness. Gatsby sends a large amount of flowers to Nicks house to please Daisy when she arrives. Gatsby became impatient and wanted to leave before anyone was late, but Daisy showed up before he did so. As this quote shows, "Nobody's coming to tea. It's too late!" He looked at his watch as if there was some pressing demand on his time elsewhere." I can't wait all day." (90) This shows that Gatsby began to become impatient. Daisy arrived and asked her chauffeur to return in an hour; walking Dasiy inside, Dasiy walks into the living room and sees the the bouquet of flowers, but no sign of Gatsby. Suddenly the doorbell rings and appears Gatsby soaking wet. Gatsby finally built the courage to walk up to Daisy and speak to her, but it became and awkward silence and all you could hear was the sound of rain. Nick resorts to leaving them alone and says he's going to town, but really is just going outside. After time passes, the rain stops and Nick walks in on Daisy and Gatsby smiling and crying. He tried to grab their attention, but their faces could not be stop staring at each other.
Gatsby invites Nick and Daisy to his house so he can show off his wealth to his long over, Dasiy. Gatsby gives Daisy a tour and is in love with Gatsby's house and notices a piono, suddenly she felt the urge to dance. Gatsby takes Nick and Daisy to his bedroom, revealing the articles of clothing he owns. As this quote shows, "I've got a man in England who buys me clothes. He sends over a selection of things at the beginning of each season, spring and fall." (97) This quote reveals where Gatsby obtains his clothing from. Gatsby's began throwing them one by one onto Daisy, but after a large amount of clothes thrown, she began to cry because she realized she could have all of the things he has if they were together, as this shows, " suddenly with a strained sound Daisy bent her head into the shirts and began to cry stormily." (98)
In chapter 6, Gatsby reveals who he really is to a reporter asked if he had anything to say. Gatsby reveals that he grew up on the sea with a man named Dan Cody. Gatsby reveals that his real name is James Gatz , as this quote shows," It was James Gatz who had been loafing along the beach that afternoon in a torn green jersey and a pair of canvas pants...." (104) This quote shows Gatsby in his old clothes on the shore with Dan Cody.

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