Gatsby

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  • Gatsby's childhood and days in college
  • Meeting of Dan Cody
  • Gatsby in war
  • Gatsby grew up into a very poor family. His family barely had enough money to support him growing up. He went to college and worked as a janitor to pay his way through but dropped out because he couldn't stand it anymore. Page 130-132 (Fitzgerald)"And you found he was an Oxford man," said Jordan helpfully."
  • After the war
  • After dropping out he went to Lake Superior where he met Dan Cody. Cody became Gatz's mentor and invited him on a ten year yacht trek. At 17, Gatz changed his name to Jay Gatsby. Over the next five years he learned the way of the wealthy. Page 99 (Fitzgerald) "Then he drifted back to Lake Superior and he was still searching for something to do on the day that Dan Cody's yacht dropped anchor in the shallows alongshore".
  • Gatsbys Job
  • In 1917 Gatsby began training for World war 1 after being drafted. 27 year old Gatsby fell in love with 18 year old Daisy Fay. She was everything he wasn't: rich and from a patrician Louisville family.During the war, James Gatsby reached the rank of a Major.Page (Fitzgerald) "Its more that he was a german spy during the war"
  • Gatsbys investments
  • Briefly attending Oxford he received a letter from Daisy that she married the rich and powerful Tom Buchanan. After the war gatsby returned home to New York, which at the time was being transformed by the jazz age. Page 47 (Fitzgerald) "Your face is familiar, he said politely Weren't you in the third division during the war?"
  • Gatsby took advantage of prohibition by making a fortune from bootlegging and building connections with notorious gangsters such as Meyer Wolfsheim. Page 61 (Fitzgerald) "He's a bootlegger, said the young ladies, moving somewhere between his cocktails and his flowers".
  • With Gatsbys massive money income he purchased a mansion in west egg. West Egg lies on the opposite bay from the old-money East Egg, where Daisy, Tom, and their three-year-old daughter Pammy live. At his West Egg mansion, Gatsby hostes parties every weekend, open to all comers, in an attempt to attract Daisy as a party guest. page 5 (Fitzgerald) " It was Gatsbys mansion. Or rather as I didn't know Mr. Gatsby it was a mansion, inhabited by gentlemen of that name".
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