The Great Gatsby - Summary Chapter 1

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Chapter 1 – Summary The narrator of ‘The Great Gatsby’ is a young man named Nick Carraway. He begins by explaining his personality and morals, stating that he learned from his father to reserve judgment about other people, because if he holds them up to his own moral standards, he will misunderstand them. He shows that he has both high morals and that he is highly tolerant of most people. He mentions Gatsby, saying that Gatsby represented everything he scorns, but that he exempts Gatsby completely from his usual judgments. Gatsby’s personality was nothing short of “gorgeous.” In the summer of 1922, Nick had just arrived in New York, where he moved to work in the bond business. He rented a house on a part of Long Island called West Egg. He was supposed to rent it out with another man, but the other man wasn’t able to. West Egg is home to the “new rich,” (neuveau riche) those who, having made their fortunes recently. East Egg is home to the people who were always rich, people that had inherited money and were born into that social class. Nick’s little house is next door to Gatsby’s mansion. Nick isn’t like his neighbours. They do not have many associations with the East Eggers. Nick graduated from Yale and has many connections on East Egg. He goes East Egg to have dinner with his cousin Daisy and her husband, Tom Buchanan, who Nick knew from Yale, they were old classmates. Tom is a powerful figure dressed in riding clothes. Inside, Daisy lounges on a couch with her friend Jordan Baker, who yawns as though bored by her surroundings. Tom tries to interest the others in a book called ‘The Rise of the Coloured Empires’ by a man named Goddard. The book is about racist, white-supremacist attitudes. Daisy teases Tom about the book but is interrupted when Tom leaves the room to take a phone call. Daisy follows him, and Jordan tells Nick that the call is from Tom’s

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