The Great Gatsby Summary by Graydon Koger

Nick Summary: The Great Gatsby is a story of the American Dream and lost love in the 1920's. Nick Carraway unknowingly moves next door to millionaire Jay Gatsby. He is invited to his cousin Daisy's house where he is introduced to her husband Tom Buchanan, and Jordan Baker, a famous golfer. One day while accompanying Tom to the city, Nick is introduced to Myrtle, wife of George Wilson, a poor mechanic. Tom is having an affair with her, Nick is forced to spend the afternoon with the drinking. As time passes, Nick is invited to one of the parties Mr. Gatsby throws weekly. Nick discovers that nobody has ever received an actual invitation but him. At the party, Nick talks with Gatsby for a short time. Jordan Baker reveals to him that Gatsby wants to have tea with Daisy at Nick's house. Nick discovers that Daisy and Gatsby were lovers, and he has moved here to be close to her again. His parties were thrown in hopes that she would wander in. Nick grants Gatsby's request and invites Daisy for tea. Gatsby is reunited with Daisy, and the two begin spending time together secretly. Tom meets Gatsby one day, and observes how Daisy acts around him, happy and flattered. Nick, Jordan, Gatsby, Tom, and Daisy drive to New York where Gatsby attempts to win Daisy back. He tells Tom that Daisy does not love her husband, but himself instead. Gatsby tells Daisy to confess that she has in fact never loved Tom, and that she has loved Gatsby throughout the five years they have been apart. Daisy realizes she is content with Tom, and does not want to change her whole life and be with Jay Gatsby. Daisy leaves the room, followed by Gatsby, and the two begin to drive back to her home in Gatsby's car. Upon passing the Wilson's house, Myrtle, who was standing in the road, is hit and killed by Daisy who was frantically driving in tears. Tom, Nick, and Jordan arrive at the murder scene and decide to see what all the commotion is about, as there are many cars and people gathered. Tom is filled with grief and shock upon seeing the body of his mistress. Nick finds Gatsby waiting outside the Buchanan residence after rejecting Tom's invitation to come in for dinner. Gatsby tells Nick that he's waiting outside because if Tom attempts to lay hands on Daisy, she will flicker the lights in their room so Gatsby can help. Nick stays with Gatsby the following morning, they pass the time as Gatsby tells him the truth about how he made his fortune, and the matter of his past relationship with Daisy. Gatsby, who was actually born to a poor farming family as James Gatz, involved himself in various shady operations to amass such wealth. As the sun rises, Gatsby awaits a phone call from Daisy. He hopes she will call to say she's leaving Tom for him. George Wilson, pointed in the right direction by Tom, goes to Gatsby's house and shoots him, then turns the gun on himself. Nick puts himself in charge of arranging a funeral. He calls Gatsby's associates, but none of them will be a part of the funeral. Nick tries to contact Tom and Daisy to find that they have packed up and left without telling anyone how to reach them. The only people who attend Gatsby's funeral are Nick, Gatsby's servants, his father, and one person who had attended his parties.

Author Bio- F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1896. He attended Princeton University to try and further his writing talent. In 1917, he dropped out and joined the U.S. Army. He met his future wife, Zelda Sayre, while stationed in Alabama in 1918, His novel "This Side of Paradise" made him famous in 1920. Fitzgerald then married Zelda and had a child with her. He supported himself and his new family by writing many short stories. In 1924, after moving to Paris, he wrote The Great Gatsby, which would come to be known as one of the greatest American novels ever written. After that, Fitzgerald's life began to unravel. His wife suffered various mental health issues, and he became even more of a drinker than he already was. In 1940, he died of a heart attack in Hollywood.

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Obsession- "I don't think she ever loved him." Gatsby turned around from a window and looked at me challengingly. "You must remember, old sport, she was very excited this afternoon. He told her those things in a way that frightened her – that made it look as if I was some kind of cheap sharper. And the result was she hardly knew what she was saying."

Dreams- "—he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and, far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward—and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock. When I looked once more for Gatsby he had vanished, and I was alone again in the unquiet darkness."

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