Short Summary Of The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby is told by Nick Carraway, who writes his story to help him understand and cope with the meaning of his life story. Nick started the book by commenting on something he learned from his father, to not judge people because he would misunderstand them. He then characterized himself as highly moral and tolerant. In the summer of 1922, Nick had just arrived in New York trying to find his fortune. He moved to a part of Long Island called the West Egg, where the rich who don’t have connections to East Egg live. His small cottage is next door to a large mansion, which Nick soon learns is Gatsby’s home. One night, Nick drives out to East Egg to have dinner with his cousin, Daisy, and her husband, Tom Buchanan, a former member of Nick’s social club at Yale. Nick meets Jordan Baker, a competitive golfer. During dinner, Tom receives a phone call and Daisy rushes after him to hear the phone call. Jordan tells Nick that the phone call is from tom’s lover in New York. When Nick arrives home, he sees Gatsby for the first time, a man standing on the lawn with his arms reaching out toward the water. Nick looks out at the water, but all he can see is a distant green light that might mark the end of a dock. Halfway between West Egg and New York City is a dump yard for New York, a place called the Valley of ashes. The men who live here work at shoveling up the ashes. The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg on a bill board watch over everything that happens in the valley. The train

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