The Great Gatsby Chapter Summaries

Chapter One 1) We meet our narrator. But before we really know who he is, we hear the advice that he got from his father: “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”2)Nick introduces us to the setting: New York City and the twin villages of West Egg and East Egg in Long Island. West Egg, where Carraway lives, is not as exclusive as East Egg-makes Nick feel like he doesn’t belong amongst the other characters.3)Nick heads over to East Egg to have dinner with Daisy, his cousin and her husband, Tom Buchanan at Gatsby’s house.4)We meet Jordan Baker.5)The symbolism of the Green Light is introduced when Gatsby looks at it across the bay.
Chapter Two 1)”The Valley of the Ashes” scene is introduced to us.2)Nick, Tom and Gatsby are travelling to New York but stop by at Wilson’s garage to collect Myrtle, Wilson’s wife and Tom’s mistress.3)Nick gets drunk for the second time in his life.4)Tom breaks Myrtle’s Nose after he asks her to stop talking about Daisy, his wife-this shows that he loves Daisy and doesn’t respect Myrtle-she is portrayed as a simple distraction for Tom.5)The chapter ends with Nick at the train station early in the morning unaware of how he ended up there-this portrays him as an unreliable narrator and there is a gap in the structure of the novel due to this.
Chapter Three 1) Nick attends his first party at Gatsby’s after being handed an invitation by Gatsby’s chauffeur.2)Nick goes into the library at Gatsby’s house and meets a man with owl-eyed spectacles who mentions one of the famous Fitzgerald lines: “I’ve been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library.”3)Nick discovers he knew Gatsby as they were both in world war one.
Chapter Four 1)Gatsby takes Nick to lunch in his yellow Rolls-Royce.2) Gatsby explains to Nick his own personal history: he’s the son of the wealthy Midwesterners and he was educated at Oxford.3) In New York, Gatsby introduces Nick to Meyer Wolfsheim-Nick instinctively knows there is something fishy about Wolfsheim’s business connections with Gatsby,4)They meet Tom by accident, but when Nick turns to introduce Gatsby to Tom, Gatsby has disappeared. 5)Nick later meets up with Jordan and she tells Nick the story of how Gatsby and Daisy met in October, 1917.6)She also proposes Gatsby’s plan: that Nick invite Daisy over for tea (without Tom) and then have Gatsby casually drop by.
Chapter Five 1)When Gatsby drops by to Nick’s house and Daisy is there things don’t go as well as planned but they all go across to explore Gatsby’s house.2) After a brief tour of the mansion Nick leaves Daisy and Gatsby alone together.3)This chapter is the turning point at the centre of the novel where the former lovers meet.
Chapter Six Gatsby’s past is revealed…1)Nick explains that Gatsby is actually James Gatz from North Dakota who left home at a young age to seek his fortune. Gatsby changed his name at seventeen when he met Dan Cody, a self-made millionaire.2)Tom is invited to one of Gatsby’s parties and arrives with Daisy. Daisy is offended by West Egg and the debauchery of the party, while Tom gets the names and addresses of pretty women.3)Gatsby wants Daisy to say that she never loved Tom so they can “wipe out” her marriage and start again.
Chapter Seven 1)Tom finds out about Daisy’s affair.2)Gatsby stops holding parties and replaces all of his servants to prevent any gossip about Daisy’s visits.3)Nick, Gatsby and Jordan go for lunch at Tom and Daisy’s. Tom realises that Daisy and Gatsby are in love.4)They all go to New York and Tom stops for petrol when Wilson reveals that he knows Myrtle is having a having an affair.5)Tom confronts Gatsby about his past and accuses him of being a bootlegger.6)Gatsby tells Tom that Daisy never loved him, but she claims she did and decides to stay with Tom.7)Daisy and Gatsby drive home ahead of the others. On the way back they hit and kill Myrtle. Tom finds out that Gatsby’s car was involved in the accident. Gatsby tells Nick that Daisy was driving but that he’ll take the blame.
Chapter Eight Gatsby’s Dream is Dead…1)Gatsby waits all night outside the Buchanan’s house in case Daisy needs him, but nothing happens.2)Gatsby tells Nick the truth about his past and his relationship with Daisy.3)Nick goes to work where he receives a phone call from Jordan. He makes excuses not to see her.4)Nick describes events that occurred just after Myrtle’s death, and hints that Wilson headed to Gatsby’s house.5)Nick returns from work and finds that Gatsby has been killed. Wilson’s body is found nearby.
Chapter Nine 1)Nick describes the events after Gatsby’s death. He organises a funeral but only Gatsby’s father , Owl Eyes, a few servants and the postman attend.2)Nick meets Jordan and they talk about why their relationship ended.3)Tom reveals that he told Wilson that Gatsby was driving the car that killed Myrtle.4)On Nick’s last night before he moves back to the Midwest he reflects that Gatsby believed he was running towards his dream, and didn’t realise it was already behind him.

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