The Great Gatsby Summary – Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby, Written By American Author F. Scott Fitzgerald, Is A Novel That Was Published On April 10, 1925.
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The Great Gatsby, written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a novel that was published on April 10, 1925.

Summary Of The Great Gatsby

Nick Carraway, a young man from Minnesota, moves to New York in the summer of 1922 to learn about the bond business. He rents a house in West Egg, a wealthy but unfashionable area of Long Island, where the newly rich reside. This group, having recently acquired their fortunes, lacks social connections and tends to show off their wealth ostentatiously. Nick’s neighbor in West Egg is Jay Gatsby, a mysterious man who owns a colossal Gothic mansion and throws extravagant parties every Saturday night.

Nick is different from the other residents of West Egg; he has been educated at Yale and has social connections in East Egg, a fashionable area of Long Island that hosts the established upper class. One evening, he goes to East Egg to have dinner with his cousin Daisy Buchanan and her husband Tom. Daisy and Tom introduce Nick to a beautiful, cynical young woman named Jordan Baker.

Nick begins a romantic relationship with Jordan. He also learns a bit about Daisy and Tom’s marriage: Jordan tells Nick that Tom has a lover named Myrtle Wilson, who lives in the valley of ashes, a gray industrial dumping ground between West Egg and New York City. Shortly after this revelation, Nick travels to New York City with Tom and Myrtle. At a vulgar, ostentatious party in the apartment Tom keeps for the affair, Myrtle begins to taunt Tom about Daisy, and Tom responds by breaking her nose.

As the summer progresses, Nick eventually receives an invitation to one of Gatsby’s legendary parties. At the party, he meets Jordan Baker again and, to his surprise, The Great Gatsby himself. Gatsby is a young man with an extraordinary smile who calls everyone “old sport” and affects an English accent. Gatsby tells Jordan that he knew Daisy in Louisville in 1917 and is deeply in love with her.

Gatsby spends many nights staring at the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock across the bay from his mansion. His extravagant lifestyle and wild parties are merely an attempt to impress Daisy. Gatsby now wants Nick to arrange a reunion between him and Daisy, but he is afraid that Daisy might not want to see him. Nick invites Daisy to tea at his house, without telling her that The Great Gatsby will be there. The reunion is initially awkward, but Gatsby and Daisy rekindle their connection and begin an affair.

After a short time, Tom grows increasingly suspicious of his wife’s relationship with Gatsby. During a luncheon at the Buchanans’ house, Tom notices Gatsby’s passionate gaze at Daisy and realizes Gatsby is in love with her. Although Tom himself is involved in an extramarital affair, he is deeply disturbed by the idea of his wife being unfaithful.

He forces the group to drive into New York City, where he confronts Gatsby in a suite at the Plaza Hotel. Tom asserts that he and Daisy share a history that Gatsby could never understand and reveals to Daisy that Gatsby is a criminal—his wealth comes from bootlegging alcohol and other illegal activities. Daisy realizes that her allegiance is to Tom, and Tom sends her back to East Egg with Gatsby to prove that Gatsby cannot hurt him.

However, as Nick, Jordan, and Tom drive through the valley of ashes, they discover that Gatsby’s car has struck and killed Myrtle, Tom’s lover. They return to Long Island, where Nick learns from Gatsby that Daisy was driving the car, but Gatsby intends to take the blame. The next day, Tom tells Myrtle’s husband, George, that Gatsby was the driver. Believing that the driver of the car that killed Myrtle must be her lover, George finds Gatsby at his mansion and shoots him dead before taking his own life.

Nick stages a small funeral for The Great Gatsby, ends his relationship with Jordan, and disgusted with the moral decay among the wealthy people surrounding Gatsby’s life, returns to the Midwest. Nick reflects that Gatsby’s dream of Daisy was corrupted by money and dishonesty, just as the American dream of happiness and individualism has disintegrated into the mere pursuit of wealth. Gatsby’s power to transform his dreams into reality is what makes him “great,” but Nick concludes that the era of dreaming both Gatsby’s dream and the American dream has ended.

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