The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

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  • Shortly after moving to West Egg, New York, in the summer of 1922, Nick Carroway visits his wealthy cousin, Daisy Buchanan.
  • Nick joins Tom, Daisy's husband, for a night on the town, and discovers that he is having an affair with a woman named Myrtle Wilson.
  • Nick meets his neighbor, the mysterious Jay Gatsby, and learns that he is in love with Daisy. With Nick's help, Gatsby and Daisy reunite.
  • "Across the courtesy bay the white palaces of fashionable East Egg glittered along the water, and the history of the summer really begins on the evening I drove over there to have dinner with the Tom Buchanans " (Fitzgerald, 1925, p. 5).
  • Gatsby confronts Tom about his relationship with Daisy. Gatsby wants Daisy to admit she has never loved Tom, but she is unable to do so.
  • "Then I heard footsteps on the stairs, and in a moment the thickish figure of a woman blocked out the light from the office door. . . . Her face, above a spotted dress of dark blue crepe-de-chine, contained no facet or gleam of beauty . . ." (Fitzgerald, 1925, p.  25).
  • On their way back to East Egg, Daisy kills Myrtle in a hit-and-run accident. Gatsby agrees to take responsibility in order to protect Daisy.
  • "He smiled understandingly--much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life"  (Fitzgerald, 1925, p. 48).
  • Seeking revenge for his wife's death, Mr. Wilson kills Gatsby. Nick is heartbroken, while Daisy moves away as if nothing has happened.
  • "'Oh, you want too much!' she cried to Gatsby. 'I love you now--isn't that enough? I can't help what's past.' She began to sob helplessly. 'I did love him once--but I loved you too'" (Fitzgerald, 1925, p. 132).
  • "A new point occurred to me. Suppose Tom found out that Daisy had been driving. He might think he saw a connection in it--he might think anything" (Fitzgerald, 1925, p. 144).
  • "With little ripples that were hardly the shadows of waves, the laden mattress moved irregularly down the pool. . . . The touch of a cluster of leaves revolved it slowly, tracing, like the leg of transit, a thin red circle in the water" (Fitzgerald, 1925, p. 162).
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