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He rents a house in the West Egg district of Long Island, a wealthy but unfashionable area populated by the new rich, a group who have made their fortunes too recently to have established social connections and who are prone to garish displays of wealth.
Nick is unlike the other inhabitants of West Egg—he was educated at Yale and has social connections in East Egg, a fashionable area of Long Island home to the established upper class. Daisy and Tom introduce Nick to Jordan Baker, a beautiful, cynical young woman with whom Nick begins a romantic relationship.
Jordan tells him that Tom has a lover, Myrtle Wilson, who lives in the valley of ashes, a gray industrial dumping ground between West Egg and New York City. At a vulgar, gaudy party in the apartment that Tom keeps for the affair, Myrtle begins to taunt Tom about Daisy, and Tom responds by breaking her nose.
Gatsby tells Jordan that he knew Daisy in Louisville in and is deeply in love with her. He spends many nights staring at the green light at the end of her dock, across the bay from his mansion.
Gatsby now wants Nick to arrange a reunion between himself and Daisy, but he is afraid that Daisy will refuse to see him if she knows that he still loves her. Nick invites Daisy to have tea at his house, without telling her that Gatsby will also be there.
After an initially awkward reunion, Gatsby and Daisy reestablish their connection. Their love rekindled, they begin an affair. Though Tom is himself involved in an extramarital affair, he is deeply outraged by the thought that his wife could be unfaithful to him.
Tom asserts that he and Daisy have a history that Gatsby could never understand, and he announces to his wife that Gatsby is a criminal—his fortune comes from bootlegging alcohol and other illegal activities. Daisy realizes that her allegiance is to Tom, and Tom contemptuously sends her back to East Egg with Gatsby, attempting to prove that Gatsby cannot hurt him.
They rush back to Long Island, where Nick learns from Gatsby that Daisy was driving the car when it struck Myrtle, but that Gatsby intends to take the blame. George, who has leapt to the conclusion that the driver of the car that killed Myrtle must have been her lover, finds Gatsby in the pool at his mansion and shoots him dead.
He then fatally shoots himself.The Great Gatsby Chapter 3 Summary & Analysis from LitCharts | The creators of SparkNotes. Sign In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Upgrade to A + Download this Lit Guide! (PDF) with the carefree Roaring Twenties mentality of easy money and loose morals shared by other characters in the novel, including Jordan.
ANALYSIS. The Great Gatsby (). F. Scott Fitzgerald () INTRODUCTION. The Great Gatsby is first of all a Realist novel of manners in the tradition of Henry James and Edith Wharton, who sought to reveal (1) universal truths of human nature and society through (2) objectivity in.
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In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, who is the villian? In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, I find that Tom and Daisy are the villains. Fitzgerald worked on his fourth novel, Tender Is the Night (), sporadically for almost ten years after publication of The Great Gatsby.
Despite favorable reviews, the novel sold even more poorly than The Great Gatsby. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age novel about the impossibility of recapturing the past, was initially a failure. Today, the story of Gatsby’s doomed love for the unattainable Daisy is considered a defining novel of the 20th century.
Explore a character analysis of Gatsby, plot summary, and important quotes. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age novel about the impossibility of recapturing the past, was initially a failure.
Today, the story of Gatsby’s doomed love for the unattainable Daisy is considered a defining novel of the 20th century. Explore a character analysis of Gatsby, plot summary, and important quotes.