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The Great Gatsby () on IMDb: Plot summary, synopsis, and more parties Nick is asked by Gatsby to arrange a meeting with his cousin, Daisy, now married to the brutish and philandering Tom Buchanan, who was Gatsby's true love, prior to war Daisy introduces Nick to Jordan Baker (Elizabeth Debicki), a golfer. The “Great War” and his time living in the East. 2. How does How does Nick meet Gatsby? What “matter” does Gatsby have Jordan Baker discuss with Nick ?. Nick Carraway is born. The Spanish-American war breaks out over territories in Cuba. Daisy Fay is born. Daisy was 18 when she met Gatsby in , so Daisy was born in Nick Carraway graduates from New Haven (Yale University) at the age of "I graduated from Jordan meets Gatsby. October
Fitzgerald is also similar to Jay Gatsby in that he fell in love while stationed far from home in the military and fell into a life of decadence trying to prove himself to the girl he loved. Fitzgerald became a second lieutenant and was stationed at Camp Sheridan in Montgomery, Alabama.
There he met and fell in love with a wild year-old beauty named Zelda Sayre. Zelda finally agreed to marry him, but her preference for wealth, fun, and leisure led her to delay their wedding until he could prove a success.
Like Gatsby, Fitzgerald was driven by his love for a woman who symbolized everything he wanted, even as she led him toward everything he despised. He rents a small house on Long Islandin the fictional village of West Egg, next door to the lavish mansion of Jay Gatsbya mysterious multi-millionaire who holds extravagant parties but does not participate in them.
Nick drives around the bay to East Egg for dinner at the home of his cousin, Daisy Fay Buchanan, and her husband, Tom, a college acquaintance of Nick's. They introduce Nick to Jordan Baker, an attractive, cynical young golfer. She reveals to Nick that Tom has a mistressMyrtle Wilson, who lives in the " valley of ashes ,"  an industrial dumping ground between West Egg and New York City.
Not long after this revelation, Nick travels to New York City with Tom and Myrtle to an apartment that Tom uses like a hotel room for Myrtle, as well as other women whom he also sleeps with. At Tom's New York apartment, a vulgar and bizarre party takes place. It ends with Tom physically abusing Myrtle, breaking her nose in the process, after she says Daisy's name several times, which makes him angry.
The Plaza Hotel in the early s Nick eventually receives an invitation to one of Gatsby's parties. Nick encounters Jordan Baker at the party and they meet Gatsby himself, an aloof and surprisingly young man who recognizes Nick because they were in the same division in the Great War.
Through Jordan, Nick later learns that Gatsby knew Daisy through a purely chance meeting in when Daisy and her friends were doing volunteer service work with young officers headed to Europe.
From their brief meetings and casual encounters at that time, Gatsby became and still is deeply in love with Daisy. Gatsby had hoped that his wild parties would attract an unsuspecting Daisy, who lived across the bay, to appear at his doorstep and allow him to present himself as a man of wealth and position. Having developed a budding friendship with Nick, Gatsby uses him to arrange a reunion between himself and Daisy.
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 begin an affair over the summer. At a luncheon at the Buchanan estate, Daisy speaks to Gatsby with such undisguised intimacy that Tom realizes she is in love with Gatsby. Though Tom is himself an adulterer, he is outraged by his wife's infidelity.
He forces the group to drive into New York City and confronts Gatsby in a suite at the Plaza Hotelasserting that he and Daisy have a history that Gatsby could never understand. In addition to that, he announces to his wife that Gatsby is a criminal whose fortune comes from bootlegging alcohol and other illegal activities. Daisy decides to stay with Tom, and Tom contemptuously sends her back to East Egg with Gatsby, attempting to prove that Gatsby cannot hurt her. On the way back, Gatsby's car strikes and kills Tom's mistress, Myrtle.
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Nick later learns from Gatsby that Daisy, not Gatsby himself, was driving the car at the time of the accident. Myrtle's husband, George Wilson, falsely concludes that the driver of the yellow car is the secret lover he suspects his wife had. George learns during his confrontation with Tom that the yellow car is Jay Gatsby's, fatally shoots Gatsby, and then turns the gun on himself.
Nick organizes an uncomfortably small funeral for Gatsby which none of Gatsby's business associates, only one of his party-goers and his estranged father Henry Gatz, attend. Disillusioned with the East, Nick moves back to the Midwest. Major characters[ edit ] Nick Carraway —a Yale University graduate from the Midwest, a World War I veteran, and, at the start of the plot, a newly arrived resident of West Egg, age 29 later He also serves as the first-person narrator of the novel.
He is Gatsby's next-door neighbor and a bond salesman. He is easy-going, occasionally sarcastic, and somewhat optimistic, although this latter quality fades as the novel progresses.
He is more grounded and more practical than the other characters, and is always in awe of their lifestyles and morals. Jay Gatsby originally James "Jimmy" Gatz —a young, mysterious millionaire with shady business connections later revealed to be a bootleggeroriginally from North Dakota. He is obsessed with Daisy Buchanan, a beautiful debutante from Louisville, Kentucky whom he met when he was a young military officer stationed at the Army's Camp Taylor in Louisville during World War I.
Bruccoli's biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the character is based on the bootlegger and former World War officer, Max Gerlach. Gatsby is also said to have briefly studied at Trinity College, Oxford in England after the end of the war. Before she married Tom, Daisy had a romantic relationship with Gatsby. Her choice between Gatsby and Tom is one of the central conflicts in the novel.
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Daisy is believed to have been inspired by Fitzgerald's own youthful romances with Ginevra King. Tom is an imposing man of muscular build with a "husky tenor" voice and arrogant demeanor.
He was a football star at Yale University.
Buchanan and Mitchell were both Chicagoans with an interest in polo. Like Ginevra's father, whom Fitzgerald resented, Buchanan attended Yale and is a white supremacist. She is Nick Carraway's girlfriend for most of the novel, though they grow apart towards the end.
She has a slightly shady reputation amongst the New York social elite, due to her habit of being evasive and untruthful with her friends and lovers. She established herself as a professional golfer in a predominantly male sport.
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With great success came criticism as she faced a cheating scandal, which harmed her reputation as a golfer. He claims to have come from a wealthy family that are now all dead, and later attending Oxford and going on to become a decorated WWI veteran. They go into a bar beneath a barbershop where bootlegged alcohol is being sold.
We learn that Wolfsheim is rumored to have rigged the World Series, and Gatsby considers setting Nick up for a business with them. Tom Buchanan shows up, at which point Gatsby vanishes. Nick has lunch with Jordan, who tells him what her conversation with Gatsby was about.
Through a flashback, we learn from Jordan that five years earlier, Gatsby and Daisy were romantically involved while living in Louisville, Kentucky when Gatsby was a war officer. When he is called away, she waited for him, but then eventually met Tom and was set to marry him. Before their wedding, however, she got a letter from Gatsby, causing Daisy to nearly get cold feet, but she went on to marry Tom. Gatsby also intentionally bought his mansion across from Daisy's home, hoping to see her.
Jordan tells Nick that he wants him to invite Daisy over for tea. He approaches Gatsby that night and says he will do it. The following morning, a bunch of people fix up Nick's lawn and home, and it's clear that Gatsby intended to have tea at Nick's place instead of his. They fix it up and make it look nice, but Gatsby starts getting nervous. He almost leaves until Daisy comes in.
Nick brings her inside, but Gatsby has fled. She is amazed at all the flowers in the living room, and then Nick hears a knock at the door.
It is Gatsby, dripping wet from the pouring rain outside. He enters, and Daisy sees him, and they both comment on how glad they are to see each other again. The tea time is awkward, until Nick decides to leave them alone by saying he is going into the city. When he gets back to his house, Gatsby decides to take them to his place, and they spend some time at the beach before coming back to his home. He shows Daisy a variety of shirts he possesses, and while she is excited, she starts crying.
Nick knows it's sudden for her after five years, but she won't admit that. Nick tells some truth about Gatsby.
His real name is James Gatz, and that he came from a poor family of farmers from North Dakota. He did not see himself as part of that family and as he got older, he set off to accomplish more.
While riding his boat, he encountered a yacht sailed by a man named Dan Cody Steve Bisley. The young James Gatz rescued him from a storm and went on to sail with him, adopting some of Cody's customs like using the term "old sport" which he frequently calls Nick. After Cody died, he did not receive his inheritance because of Cody's family, so Gatsby went on to make himself a wealthy man. Gatsby throws another party, this time having Daisy and Tom show up.
She and Gatsby retreat to a nearby location where they begin to kiss passionately. Daisy says she wishes they could run away together. Gatsby is pulled away by his butler to settle a business dispute. After the party is over, Gatsby believes Daisy did not have a good time.
He tells Nick that he needs her to tell Tom she doesn't love him so they can go back to Louisville and get married. Nick tells him he can't repeat the past, but Gatsby insists he can.
He notes the first time he kissed Daisy when they first met, and Gatsby felt he had already married her. Before leaving, he tells Nick he is wrong about the past. Gatsby stops throwing parties for a while.
One day, which happens to be the hottest day of the summer, he invites Nick, Daisy, Tom, and Jordan over for lunch.
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Gatsby tries to hold Daisy's hand, but she panics and claims she is bored and wants to go into the city. Tom notices that she is feeling something for Gatsby, so he agrees to go into the city.
Gatsby and Daisy drive off in his car while Tom takes Nick and Jordan. They stop for gas at George Wilson's garage, and he has learned of Myrtle's infidelity, but not that she's sleeping with Tom. The group meets up at a hotel where a man is cutting up a large block of ice to pass around because of the heat and for drinks. Tom starts to slowly antagonize Gatsby, hoping for a confrontation. He mocks his use of "old sport", claiming he lied about Oxford, and accuses him of bootlegging with Wolfsheim.
Gatsby hits back by saying Daisy loves him and not Tom, putting her in an uncomfortable position. As Tom continues to egg him on, Gatsby snaps, throws the alcohol and grabs Tom, screaming at him and nearly hitting him. This frightens Daisy and Jordan. She and Gatsby leave. Tom decides to open a bottle of liquor and offers Nick some. He remarks that he just remembered that day was his birthday.
At night, Myrtle is being abused by George as he asks her where she got her pearls. She runs out into the street as she sees the Duesenberg coming, thinking it's Tom.
The car speeds as Gatsby grabs the wheel, trying to swerve, but the car strikes Myrtle and kills her instantly. Tom, Nick, and Jordan drive by the scene and discover Myrtle's corpse as the police are on the scene.
Tom is visibly distraught but denies having known her well. He goes to George, who is grieving. Tom tells him that the car that hit Myrtle was driven by Gatsby. The Buchanans go back to their place. Jordan invites Nick inside, but he refuses. As he leaves, he hears Gatsby calling to him. He tells Nick that Daisy was driving after leaving the city to ease her tension, but although he tried to move the car, they were unable to stop from hitting Myrtle.
Nick walks away, seeing Tom and Daisy talking, apparently having reconciled. Nick meets up with Gatsby later as he is fixing up the Duesenberg and covering it.