Gatsby's real name is James Gatz. He was born on a farm in Minnesota. Gatsby worked as a janitor to pay his way through college, but this line of work was humiliating and degrading to Gatsby, so he soon dropped out of college and became dock boy.
I can recreate the past!
You cannot recreate the past.
Gatsby then meets Dan Cody, whom offers him a job on his boat. He is exposed to a life of luxury, and becomes obsessed with wealth after Cody dies, and he is robbed of his inheritance.
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Gatsby becomes so occupied with impressing Daisy that he is socially unaware of the insincerity of the invitation.
Gatsby believes he can recreate the relationship he had with Daisy before he left.
Daisy and Gatsby kissed five years ago and from that moment Gatsby became consumed with recreating the relationship he had with her.