Chapter 1: Pages 7 – 25
In this chapter, Nick Carraway is introduced as a character and narrator of the book. He talks about how he came to New York to work in the bonds business. He moves to a small house in West Egg which is near to Tom and Daisy Buchanan who live on East egg. He goes to their home for dinner soon after moving where he first meets Jordan Baker, a professional athlete who is friends with Daisy. As the evening passes on, Nick hears a rumour from Jordan that Tom is cheating on his wife Daisy and that almost everyone knows about the affair. She also asks Nick if he met Gatsby who lives beside him but he tells her he has not. After arriving home from the dinner, Nick sees Gatsby standing out on the grass looking at a distant green light across the bay but he decides that maybe Gatsby would prefer to be alone at that moment.
Character: Tom Buchanan
“Now he was a sturdy straw-haired man of thirty, with a rather hard mouth and a supercilious manner.” (Fitzgerald: 1950, 12)
Tom is described as a man of thirty who had eyes that gave him the appearance of leaning aggressively forward. He had an enormous body with toned muscles and he knew he was a stronger man than others like Nick. “That’s what I get for marrying a brute of a man, a great, big, hulking physical specimen of a –‘(Fitzgerald: 1950, 17).
Mr. Buchanan is married to Daisy but at the same time is having an affair with a lady named Myrtle Wilson who is also married. As the story goes on, Tom finds out that his wife is having an affair with Gatsby and gets outraged. Tom does not like the fact that his wife might leave him and starts to compete against Gatsby for the love of Daisy.
"I'm glad it's a girl. And I hope she'll be a fool-that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool" (Fitzgerald: 1950, 22). This quote stood out because I would not expect any mother to say such a thing about their child. Daisy Buchanan said that quote when...