The Great Gatsby Book Report

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The Great Gatsby Book Report

The Great Gatsby

Book Report


At the onset of this book, the reader
is introduced to the narrator, Nick Carraway, who relates the past happenings
that construct the story of Jay Gatsby and Nick during the summer of 1922.

After fighting in World War I, or the Great War as Nick called it, Nick
left his prominent family in the West of America for the North where he
intended to learn the bond business. Nick was originally supposed to share
a house in West Egg near New York City with an associate of his, but the
man backed out and so Nick lived with only a Finnish cook. Right next door,

Gatsby lived in a glorious mansion with expansive gardens and a marble
swimming pool, among other luxuries. Yet Nick did not even hear about Gatsby
until he went to visit his distant family at East Egg next to West Egg.

Daisy was Nick’s second cousin once removed,
and Tom Buchanan was Daisy’s hulking brute of a husband and classmate of

Nick’s from college. Jordan Baker, a prominent tennis player of the time,
was staying with Daisy and Tom. As they sat down and chatted, it was Jordan
who mentioned Gatsby, saying that she had been to one of his extravagant
parties that he held every weekend. The four sat down to dinner when Tom
received a phone call, which Daisy suspected to be from Tom’s mistress.

Afterwards, Daisy and Nick talked and Jordan and Tom went out to walk about
the grounds. Daisy talked about her little daughter and how when she was
born Tom was not even there and she had wished out loud that she would
be a fool, for that was the only way she could ever be happy. The four
met again at the house and then Jordan went to bed and Nick went home.

In the next chapter, the reader is introduced
the bleak stretch of land between New York City and West Egg. It was there
that Nick first met Tom’s mistress. Nick and Tom were taking the train
into New York City one Saturday when Tom signaled to Nick that they were
going to get off the train halfway to their destination in what seemed
to be the middle of nowhere. Tom walked into an auto garage where he talked
with a man named George Wilson, who asked about a car Tom was supposed
to sell him. Wilson’s wife, Myrtle, emerged from the upstairs of the garage.

When Wilson went off to his office for a moment, Tom quickly told Myrtle
that he wanted to see her and to take the next train into New York. They
arranged where they would meet quickly and moved away from each other before

Wilson returned. Myrtle told Wilson that she was going to go visit her
sister in New York and boarded the same train as Tom and Nick, but in a
different car. They met again in New York and took a taxi to the apartment
that Tom had purchased for the two of them. Myrtle called her sister Catherine
and the McKees that she and Tom were friends with on the phone and the
six of them sat around in the apartment and got exceptionally drunk once
they arrived. During this time, Nick learned about Tom and Myrtle, as well
as the fact that neither of them could stand their spouse. Nick could hardly
remember what had gone on that night at the apartment and the next thing
he knew, he was in Penn Station waiting for the four o’ clock train to
go home.

Every weekend, Nick’s next door neighbor

Gatsby had extravagant parties at his house. One Saturday morning, Gatsby’s
butler came to Nick’s house and invited him to the party that was to be
held that evening. Nick showed up that night, not knowing a soul there,
and not even knowing what the host himself looked like. He soon found Jordan,
and spent the rest of the evening with her. Nick found himself speaking
with a man he recognized from the war. Nick told him that he did not even
know who the host was, but that he had just been invited by him. The man
looked puzzled and then told Nick that he was Gatsby. Both were embarrassed
and apologized to each other. At that moment, a butler appeared and told

Gatsby of a phone call that he had to attend to. Gatsby excused himself
and said that he would talk to Nick later

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