What and How Nick Carraway Discovers About Gatsby by the End of Chapter 4

Topics: Tell, Truth, Learning Pages: 2 (605 words) Published: April 12, 2013
Chapter one, is when we are first introduced to Gatsby, as Nick arrives at his house after visiting Daisy. While sitting outside, he sees Gatsby proceed to the water and stretches out his arms towards "a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock." The light marks Daisy's house — and as Nick will later discover Gatsby's gesture is one of love. Nick's attentions turn again to Gatsby in Chapter three. Nick tells us about Gatsby's parties, which are elaborate and grand affairs, where “men and girls came and went like moths”. We learn early on that Gatsby is a perfect host; however we also learn he rarely goes to his own parties. Nick also learns that he is extremely generous as “He doesn’t want any trouble with anybody.” Before now, Nick has only been observed the parties from a distance, as an observer, but in Chapter three he is officially invited to attend one. As he moves from being a spectator to being a participant, Nick is able to provide an informed view of not only what goes on at Gatsby's parties, but also what the partygoers are like too. While Nick and Jordan mingle at Gatsby's party, they learn many contradicting things about their host. As mentioned above one of the first things they find out is that when one women tore a dress at a party, Gatsby sent her a new evening gown. Nick and Jordan also discover that part of the mystery of Gatsby is that "he killed a man once." However another says he was "a German spy during the war." When brought to Gatsby, Nick remarks that Gatsby possesses "a quality of eternal reassurance . . . that you may come across four or five times in life." His smile, "believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey." In Chapter four, we see Gatsby and Nick go out for lunch. However, the real reason for this outing is for Gatsby to talk to Nick alone. When the two men leave for town...
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