Great Gatsby Summary

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Chapter One * The novel begins with the narrator, Nick Carraway, recounting about what his father had once told him, and saying that he is “inclined to reserve all judgments,” and that he had met this man named Gatsby, who “represented everything for which I [Gatsby] have an unaffected scorn,” and had, at the end “Gatsby turned out alright.” He then says that it was the “foul dust” that floated in the “wake of his [Gatsby’s] dreams” that made the narrator feel closed out from the interests of the “sorrows” and “elations of man.” With this, our narrator launches into the story. After his service in World War I, the narrator moved from his Midwest roots (namely Chicago) to the island of West Egg, in New York. Carraway reveals that the story began when he travelled to have dinner with “two old friends” he “scarcely knew,” one of which was his cousin, Daisy. During the light-hearted reunion, he meets Jordan Baker, a professional golfer. This is when he first meets Jordan Baker, a professional golfer. This is when he first hears about Gatsby, and we as the reader that identify that Carraway is rather curious about him. The phone rings abruptly and Tom leaves to answer it. Daisy follows hurriedly and it is revealed that Tom Buchanan is having an affair with another woman other than his wife. At the end, after the dinner, Nick leaves the place, feeling “confused and disgusted.” When he arrives home, he briefly sees Gatsby, stretching out his arms to a green light, and soon vanishes. * Nick Carraway “I’m inclined to reserve all judgments, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran bores” Shows that he reserves all judgments in the hope of finding something good in people’s attributes. Best attribute—Ability to not be overly judgmental, as some narrators can be. Worst attribute—is a hypocrite as is

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