In the beginning of the story, Nick is introduced. He moved from the Midwest to New York and got into the bond business. Also living in New York is his second cousin, Daisy, who is married to Tom Buchanan. Nick is liked by everyone and through out the story, he learns a lot. First of all, he learns of Gatsby who is his next-door neighbor. Then he learns of Daisy and Gatsbys past relationship. They used to be a couple but broke up because Gatsby had gone away to war and lost his money. This didnt seem to make him worth loving in Daisy’s eyes. Nick also learns of Toms relationship with Myrtle, which is going on behind Daisys back.
From the moment he hears about Gatsby and sees his house, Nick is jealous of him and gets to meet him at one of Gatsby’s parties. When Nick goes over to the party, he meets Gatsby and learns that he and Gatsby had fought in the same division in World War I. After this first conversation between the two of them, a friendship begins to build, and Nick starts to fit in.
One day, he meets up with Jordan, and she tells him about Gatsby’s previous relationship with Daisy. Jordan explains to Nick, that Gatsby is still in love with Daisy and wishes to get her back, but he needs Nick’s help. Nick accepts the task and invites Daisy and Gatsby over to his house, where they finally meet again. Daisy and Gatsby fall in love. Daisy starts hanging out with Gatsby, which starts to make Tom suspicious. Tom starts going to Gatsbys parties with her. After one of the parties, Gatsby begins to realize that his relationship with Daisy isn’t what it used to be. Gatsby thinks that if Daisy went up to Tom and said I never loved you, everything would be alright and they could live happily ever after. Than things would be like they were before the war.
Later on, Tom and Daisy invite Gatsby, Nick, and Jordan Baker out to lunch at their house in New York. Daisy and Gatsby reveal their feelings for each other in front of Tom. After seeing a bit of this in town, Tom becomes extremely jealous and eventually accuses Gatsby of trying to make trouble in his house. After a while of fighting Gatsby makes Daisy tell Tom that she never loved him, which turns out to not be true. Frustrated, Tom tells the couple to leave.
George Wilson and his wife, Myrtle, are also having an argument. She runs out of the house, only to be hit by Gatsby’s car, driven by Daisy, and is killed instantly. Tom comes by after the other car has left and sees that his lover is dead. Wilson speaks to Tom in his dazed state and Tom tells Wilson that Gatsby is responsible for his wife’s death. Wilson, in a confused state, then goes to Gatsby’s house, kills Gatsby and shoots himself. Nick, being Gatsby’s friend, makes the funeral arrangements. He tries to find some of Gatsby’s other friends quickly realizing that the few friends Gatsby does have don’t really care about him. Only three people go to the funeral. Saddened by Gatsby’s death, Nick moves back to the Midwest to start a new life.
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