Jay Gatsby lives as a perpetual enigma to all but the narrator, Nick Carraway. Throughout the course of the novel Nick reveals the truths about Gatsby and his life. From early on in his life Gatsby is disgusted with his lowly social position. "An instinct toward his future glory had led him to the small Lutheran college [where] he stayed for two weeks despising the janitor's work with which he was to pay his way through" (Fitzgerald 105). This dependence on manual labor sickens Gatsby, so he flees to Lake Superior, where he encounters the copper mogul, Dan Cody. Cody employs Gatsby mainly to take care of him while he is drunk, until Cody meets his demise, leaving a small fortune of twenty-five thousand dollars to Gatsby. Unfortunately, Gatsby does not receive this sum due to the greed of Cody's wife. Gatsby's time spent with Dan Cody instills within him a hunger for material wealth. After serving a spell in the military with Nick, Jay Gatsby illegally sells alcohol during the prohibition era. It is from his moonshine days that Gatsby amasses his wealth and displays this wealth quite ostentatiously, purchasing a large, very expensive home in a prestigious part of Long Island. However, upon climbing to the top of the metaphorical... [continues]
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