Nick first meets Jay Gatsby at the party at his home that he got formally invited to. Meanwhile Daisy is at the party but Tom doesn't think she should be acting to rashly.
We shook hands and I started away. Just before I reached the hedge I remembered something and turned around. "They're a rotten crowd," I shouted across the lawn. "You're worth the whole damn bunch put together." (p44-45)
Gatsby has had a longtime distant love for Daisy Buchanan but was too timid to approach her. Nick arranges a "blind date" for them to meet, but starts out very awkwardly.
A car runs over and kills Myrtle Wilson while Daisy is driving with Gatsby in the car. Myrtle was trying to hail the car because it belongs to Tom, who she is in an affair with.
In the confusion of the death of Myrtle, her husband George assumes Gatsby is the one responsible. He goes to his house with a gun and kills Jay Gatsby and himself.
Jay Gatsby's death is made even more tragic because it went by mostly unnoticed. Only 3 people actually showed up to the funeral which are Nick, his father, and a man only reffered to as Owl Eyes.
Fitzgerald puts a metaphor at the end of the book after the unfortunate death of Gatsby. It relates boats to those who cling to the past, and the current pushing the boat away from shore as life.
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