Great Gatsby Chapter 1 Summary

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Chapter 1: The Buchanans and Jordon Baker

All the important characters in each chapter for “The Great Gatsby” are somehow connected to each other, whatever relationship they have or don’t have. In the following I will describe how the characters are linked with one another and which qualities they possess. I think Nick Carraway is the most important character in Chapter 1. As Nick was both the narrator and participant in the story, Fitzgerald conveyed immediacy to the events of the past and an added dramatic dimension because of the interest in Nick personally. He was honest, tolerant, and inclined to reserve judgment. These particular personalities allowed him to be intimately acquainted with all other characters and their action and yet remain objective enough to faithfully consider and evaluate the following events.

Nick was a young man from Minnesota and went to New York to learn bond business. Nick visited his cousin, Daisy Buchannan, and her husband, Tom and recognized their friend Jordan Baker, an attractive young golfer at their mansion, in East Egg. He revealed that Tom had an affair with other women. He also became friends with his Jay Gatsby, who was his neighbor and he saw him standing alone on his lawn with his arms outstretched toward East Egg across the bay looking at the green light. These events not only introduced the other characters crucial to the story, but it also presents a number of themes that will be developed in various ways throughout the novel.

Quotations

1."I hope she’ll be a fool that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool." This quote is said by Daisy this quote explains how she hopes her infant daughter will be. She is speaking this to Daisy and Jordan. This gives us an idea of Daisy's personality.

2. “I understood that he meant a great deal more than that. In consequence, I’m inclined to reserve judgment.” This is verbal irony because through out the novel Nick passed...
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