Their budding relationship emphasizes the extent to which Nick becomes acclimated to life in the East, abandoning his Midwestern values and concerns in order to take advantage of the excitement of his new surroundings. The light marks Daisy's house — Gatsby's gesture toward it, as the later chapters show, is a gesture of love. He briefly mentions the hero of his story, Gatsby, saying that Gatsby represented everything he scorns, but that he exempts Gatsby completely from his usual judgments. Nick ends the chapter buy describing some of the other things he's done in the summer: he's worked, made friends with some of the other clerks, and had a short affair with a girl from work, until her brother started giving him dirty looks. The guests marvel at Gatsby's Rolls-Royce, his enormous swimming pool, the live musicians he engages weekly, the sumptuous food that he provides for hundreds of people, and, perhaps most importantly, the unlimited liquor he generously supplies. While Nick and Jordan mingle at Gatsby's party, they learn many intriguing things about their host, and everything they learn underscores the idea of reality versus rumor that underlies so much of The Great Gatsby. Nick says goodbye to Gatsby, who goes inside to take a phone call from Philadelphia.
He is a very mysterious man to them and everyone has their speculations as to how he obtained his money. He is invited by Gatsby's chauffeur and it ends up being a very large and crowded party. For lunch they meet a business partner of Gatsby's named Meyer Wolfsheim. While sitting outside, he sees Gatsby's silhouette as he crosses to the water. Chapter 1 Summary The narrator of The Great Gatsby is a young man from Minnesota named Nick Carraway. He begins by commenting on himself, stating that he learned from his father to reserve judgment about other people, because if he holds them up to his own moral standards, he will misunderstand them.
Still in shock, Gatsby leaves and shortly after Nick finds himself alone without Jordan, who was invited to speak to Gatsby. Maybe he identifies a little bit with the servants. Though he finds her essential dishonesty somewhat off-putting, he is attracted to her despite himself. Analysis Fitzgerald opens his novel by introducing Nick Carraway, the story's narrator. Despite the tensions between the two groups, the blend of East and West Egg creates a distinctly American mood. Nick goes to visit Daisy, an ephemeral woman with a socialite's luminescence, and Tom, a brutish, hulking, powerful man made arrogant through generations of privilege, and there he meets Jordan Baker, the professional golfer and a girlhood friend of Daisy's. Very few of them seem to be invited guests, and even fewer have met Gatsby face to face.
Instead, they believe what is convenient or easy for them, creating a version of Jay Gatsby that meets their ideals. He also learns that Tom is a racist, as he explains a book about white supremacy he's recently read. He is embarrassed to have not recognized him, but Gatsby puts him at ease, and invites him to go up in his hydroplane in the morning. Hordes of people arrive to get their collective grooves on. The men are mad because they're not being allowed to talk to the hot young things, and the women are mad because their husbands are trying to talk to the hot young things.
No one can tell him where Gatsby is, suggesting that they, themselves, didn't know the host. Readers learn of his past, his education, and his sense of moral justice, as he begins to unfold the story of Jay Gatsby. There was music from my neighbor's house through the summer nights. Daisy teases Tom about the book but is interrupted when Tom leaves the room to take a phone call. These parties are obscenely lavish. While he waits for Jordan, Nick wanders into Gatsby's library and meets a man who notes how impressive Gatsby's efforts to project a certain image are. Chapter one of The Great Gatsby introduces the narrator, Nick Carraway, and establishes the context and setting of the novel.
It is imperative that readers trust him, then, because time can distort memories, and the reception to the story hinges largely on his impartiality and good judgment. Yale Club private social club in New York City. When he gets back to his own house after dinner, Nick spies his neighbor, Gatsby, for the first time. He has achieved the Roaring Twenties version of the American Dream by becoming very rich. Summary Nick's attentions again turn to Gatsby in Chapter 3.
When Nick reveals that he is one of the few invited guests at the party, this little detail tells quite a lot: It signals that in some yet unexplained way, Nick is set apart from the typical party guest. The purpose of Chapter 3 is, also like Chapter 2, to provide essential background, although this time it is Gatsby who is introduced. At about two in the morning, Nick decides to walk home; on the way, he sees Owl Eyes, who has crashed his car into a ditch. Nick does end up calling on Jordan. Nick reassures them there is no impending marriage, merely a series of rumors that cannot substitute for truth. Both Owl Eyes and Jordan initially think that the books are false, designed only to give the appearance of a library; both are surprised to find that the books are real.
Nick begins to think Gatsby's might be involved in organized crime. Nick continues to sell himself, informing the reader that he is an educated man, having graduated from New Haven, home of Yale University. He stands aloof from his guests, watching the party rather than taking part in it. But I am slow-thinking and full of interior rules that act as brakes on my desires, and I knew that first I had to get myself definitely out of that tangle back home. Nick is happy to see his cousin, Daisy, however, whom he hasn't seen since before the war, and to hear about her life.
B efore long he finds that the enigmatic man is Jay Gatsby. Nick sees that a coupe leaving the driveway has hit a wall and lost a wheel. Perhaps she finds Nick a welcome relief to the kinds of men she generally meets, or perhaps she is drawn to his Midwestern sensibility, for it is clear he doesn't yet blend in with the East Coast crowd. The Great War World War I Midas and Morgan and Maecenas Midas, in Greek Myth, the king of Phrygia granted the power of turning everything that he touches into gold; J. Finally, Jordan adds that Gatsby has requested that Nick invite Daisy over to his house for tea.