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The story is told by the character of Nick Carraway in the summer of
1922 right before the Great Depression. Nick comes from Minnesota, but goes to
New York to pursue an occupation of a bond salesman. He soon rents a house in a
district of Long Island with the name “West Egg” an area, in which the newly self-made rich people
live, not very far from the mansion of the secretive millionaire Jay Gatsby, in
which he likes to throw lavish parties. But his background is unknown and not a
single person knows how exactly he made his fortune. Nick is also acquainted
with some inhabitants of East Egg such as his cousin, who is a member of the
established upper class. One evening, Nick goes to the other part of Long
Island – East Egg to a dinner with his cousin named Daisy Buchanan, her
arrogant husband, Tom, and Jordan Baker a legendary golfer, who is a friend of
Daisy. Nick differentiates himself from the others living in both West and East
Egg – he has a way more grounded and genuine personality. Later on, Nick learns
more details around Tom and Daisy’s life, that is he has a mistress. As one
later finds out, the woman’s name is Myrtle and she and her husband George
Wilson are the owners of a modest gas station in an industrial grey area on the
way between New York city and West Egg called ” The valley of ashes”.
Not much time passes since that and Nick gets invited to one of the flashy
parties Gatsby organizes for the rich part of the society. Later on in the
novel, Nick finds out, that Gatsby has a fake identity and his real name is
James Gatz, who met Daisy, a pretty rich girl, when he was on a training to become
an officer in the town of Louisville. Eventually, they fell in love and Daisy
promised Gatsby to wait for him ,but married the wealthy and arrogant Tom
instead. Nick also discovers how Gatsby became rich – by the means of criminal
activity (bootlegging), as he was determined to do anything, in order to become
part of the upper class and win Daisy. At the party he was invited to, Nick
learns through Jordan, that all those parties are just to win his love back. After
a while, Daisy and Gatsby renew their relationship. Not long after that, Tom
begins to have suspicions of their relationship and confronts Gatsby. On the
way back from the Plaza Hotel, Tom, Nick and Jordan drive together in one car
and Gatsby and Daisy in another car. The former soon find out that Myrtle,
Tom’s mistress has been ran over and killed by a car, which looks like it has
been the car of Gatsby. Gatsby later shares with Nick, that it was not him
driving the car, but Daisy, although Gatsby is determined to pretend it was him
and take responsibility. The next day Tom misleads George telling him, that
Gatsby was driving the car, which then results in George finding Gatsby and
shooting him. Thus, Nick decides to escape the hollowness and moral decay of
the wealthy by going back to the Midwest.(Fitzgerald, 1925)

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