Chapter 1 Summary of the Great Gatsby and Symbols
In Chapter 1 we are introduced to our narrator and also one of the main characters, Nick Caraway. He talks about his morals and thoughts about who Gatsby is. He gives us a summary of his life so far; talking about his ancestors and everything up to his life now. Then he talks about moving to West Egg where he originally wanted to learn all about the bond business. Nick is also not like most of the people on West Egg mostly because of the connections he has on East Egg. Nick gets invited to a gathering at his cousin Daisy’s house. When Nick is at their house he gets introduced to Jordan Baker whom he does fancy. Daisy and her husband Tom are very interested in them getting together. Tom starts talking about a book called “The Rise of the Colored Empires” which is in favor of white supremacy. As they are talking and gossiping Tom gets a call from his mistress Myrtle. Daisy thinks she knows about Myrtle but doesn’t really want to admit it to herself. As Tom is away Daisy follows him to see if it really is his mistress. While they are gone Jordan tells Nick that it is Toms mistress from New York. The gathering finally breaks up because Jordan says that she has a golf tournament in the morning. After the party Tom and Daisy hints that they want Nick to take a stronger interest in Jordan. When Nick gets home he sees Gatsby for the first time since he moved and heard the things he has about him. The last image that we see is that Gatsby is looking attentively at a green light across the water.
1: East Egg vs. West Egg: “Twenty miles from the city a pair of enormous eggs, identical in contour and separated only by a courtesy bay, just out into the most domesticated body of salt water in the Western hemisphere, …… I lived in West Egg, the- well, the less fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them. ……. The one on my right was