Great Gatsby

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Chapter 1

Great Gatsby is narrated by Nick carraway, a young man who migrated east from Minnesotain the summer of ninteen twenty two. He introduces himself as the author and narrator of the book.

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.

He characterizes himself as both highly moral and highly tolerant.He briefly mentions the muse of the story, Jay Gatsby, who represented everthing he had a 'unaffected scorn' for. Gatsby’s personality was nothing short of “gorgeous".

In the summer of 1922, Nick writes, he had just arrived in New York, where he moved to work in the bond business, and rented a house on a part of Long Island called West Egg. West Egg ('less fashionable of the two') is characterized by lavish displays of wealth and garish poor taste. Nick’s comparatively modest West Egg house is next door to Gatsby’s mansion, a sprawling Gothic monstrosity ('some hotel de ville in Normandy')

Nick is unlike his West Egg neighbors; whereas they lack social connections and aristocratic pedigrees, Nick graduated from Yale and has many connections on East Egg

His cousin Daisy and her husband, Tom Buchanan, a former member of Nick’s social club at Yale are wealthy aristrocrats that drift wherever 'people play polo and are


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