The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 Jazz Age novel about the impossibility of recapturing the past, was initially a failure. Today, the story of Gatsby’s doomed love for the unattainable Daisy is considered a defining novel of the 20th century. Explore a character analysis of Gatsby, plot summary, and important quotes.
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- How does Nick Carraway first meet Jay Gatsby?
- Why did Daisy marry Tom?
- Why does Gatsby arrange for Nick to have lunch with Jordan Baker?
- How does Tom find out about the affair between Gatsby and Daisy?
- Why does Myrtle run out in front of Gatsby’s car?
- How does Gatsby make his money?
- How are West Egg and East Egg different?
- What is the importance of the character Owl Eyes?
- Does Daisy love Gatsby or Tom?
- Why does Tom insist on switching cars with Gatsby when they go to the city?
- Why is Nick the narrator of the story?
- Why does Daisy cry over Gatsby’s shirts?
- Why does Tom bring up race so often?
- Why is Myrtle attracted to Tom?
- Why does Gatsby stop throwing parties?
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