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Summary of the Great Gatsby

Oct 08, 1999 492 Words
Summary of “The Great Gatsby”

The Great Gatsby is a book about rich people that are
fighting about women, money etc. After I read this book I
realized that even if you are rich you don’t have to be happy. There are two main characters: Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby, both rich men. Here’s the story in a short
version... Nick Carraway is a young man from a wealthy
family, living in a Middle Western city. The Carraway’s are something of a clan actually. Nick’s grandfather came here in 1851 and started a business, which his father carries on today. Nick graduated from Yale University in 1915, and just a little later he was in the Great War. When he came back he decided to go East and learn the bond business. He came East permanently in the spring of 1922. He found a house on the

island which extends due East of New York. He has a
beautiful house in a place called West Egg. That was on Long Island.
He made contact with his neighbor living closest to
him, Jay Gatsby. Jay Gatsby was a very rich man with an
enormous property. His house had a big lawn, a swimming pool and an exclusive garden. Despite all his money, he wasn’t a very happy man. There was no woman in his life, just
servants. His way of getting in touch with people was
through his parties. He had parties in his home all the
time. The house always got messed up, so the servants had a lot to do the day after the party.
Nick got to know a lot of people, some better than
others. One of the people he met was a man called Tom
Buchanan. He was the kind of man nobody likes. When he got
angry, he would take it out on his wife, Daisy. He would
beat her, once he even broke her nose. He always got drunk
at parties and started arguments. He was also a cheater. He had a mistress named, Myrtle Wilson. She lived in an
expensive apartment in New York, which Tom paid for.
Daisy knew about Tom’s affair with Myrtle she just
never spoke a word to him about it. She actually fell in
love with Gatsby and when Tom found out he got very angry. What Gatsby didn’t know was that Tom and Daisy had a
daughter. When he found out that he didn’t know what to say or do. Daisy said that they couldn’t meet anymore, that it was over. Gatsby dies in the end. How you ask? I can’t tell you everything, that would ruin the ending for you. In the

end, Nick left the East Coast and went home. He had seen
nothing but disasters and unhappiness after he came to West Egg.

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