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The Great Gatsby

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S: The Great Gatsby

FC: The Great Gatsby | By: Josh Galloway

1: The Great Gatsby | The Story of Nick Carraway

2: Chapter 1 | Its the summer of 1922, I just arrived in New York. I moved here to work in the bond business, and rented a house in a part of Long Island called West Egg. Unlike East Egg housing, West Egg is the home of the "New Rich," and people with great fortunes. West Egg is characterized by lavish displays of wealth. My house is right beside Gatsby's Mansion.

3: I graduated from Yale, so I have many connections with people in East Egg. One night I drive out to East Egg to have dinner with my cousin and her husband, Tom Buchanan, a former member of my Social Club at Yale. Tom greeted me on the front porch wearing extravagant clothing, as I enter the house I see me cousin, Daisy, and her friend Jordan Baker, who is a competitive golfer, sitting on the couch.

4: During dinner, Tom tried to interest us in a book called the Rise of the Colored Empire. It was a book about racism, and white supremacists, which we didn't find interesting at all. He interrupts the book by rushing into another room to take a phone call, as Daisy is trailing right behind him. After that awkward dinner, Jordan decides to go to bed because she has a golf tournament the next morning. While she was off to go to bed, Daisy and Tom tried to persuade me into taking a romantic interest in Jordan.

5: When I arrive home, I see Gatsby for the first time. He is a extremely handsome young man, he was standing on his lawn with his arms reaching out towards the dark water. I look out at the water, but all I could see was a distant green light marking the end of the dock.

6: Chapter 2 Halfway between West Egg and New York City sprawls a desolate plain, a gray valley where New York’s ashes are dumped. The men who live here work at shoveling up the ashes. Overhead, two huge, blue, spectacle-rimmed eyes—the last vestige of an advertising gimmick by a long-vanished eye doctor—stare down from an enormous sign.

7: These unblinking eyes, the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg, watch over everything that happens in the Valley of ashes. The commuter train that runs between West Egg and New York passes through the valley, making several stops along the way. One day, as Tom and I are riding into the city, Tom forces me to follow him out of the train at one of these stops. Tom leads me to George Wilson's garage, which sits at the edge of the valley of ashes.

8: Tom's lover, Myrtle, is Wilson's wife. Wilson is a lifeless yet handsome man, colored gray by the ashes in the air. Tom taunts Wilson and then orders Myrtle to follow him to the train. Tom takes me and Myrtle to New York City, to the Morningside Heights apartment he keeps for his affair. Here they have an impromptu party with Myrtle's sister, Catherine, and a couple named McKee.

9: Catherine has bright red hair, wears a great deal of makeup. and tells me that she has heard that Jay Gatsby is the nephew or cousin of Kaiser Wilhelm, the ruler of Germany during World War I. The McKees, who live downstairs, are a horrid couple: Mr. McKee is pale and feminine, and Mrs. McKee is shrill. The group proceeds to drink excessively.I got drunk for only the second time in my life at this party.

10: Myrtle grows louder and more obnoxious the more she drinks, and shortly after Tom gives her a new puppy as a gift, she begins to talk about Daisy. Tom sternly warns her never to mention his wife. Myrtle angrily says that she will talk about whatever she chooses and begins chanting Daisy's name. Tom responds by breaking her nose, bringing the party to an abrupt halt. I leave the party after that very drunkenly with Mr. Mckee. We end up taking a 4 A.M train ride to Long Island.

11: Chapter 3 Jay Gatsby is most popular for his luxurious house parties he holds. Gatsby's butler sent me over an invitation for one of his parties, so on the night at the appointed time, I walk over to Gatsby's to behold his wealthy gatherings, feeling a little out of place I roam around to end up running into Jordan Baker. While the party gets more and more louder as the guests get more and more drunk, Jordan and I decide to look around, in search of our wealthy party host.

12: We find the infamous Jay Gatsby sitting at a table, not drinking, but just sitting in silence watching his guests have a great time. As 2 o'clock comes around I decide to take a short walk back home, on the way I find the drunken Nick Dubs climbing out from his wrecked automobile in which he had crashed into a ditch.

13: Chapter 4 One day, Gatsby treats me too a dinner in New York. As we drive up to the city, Gatsby tells me his whole life story, and how he is the son of wealthy deceased parents from the Midwest, to him attending school at Oxford, and his big games hunts. As we speed through the Valley of Ashes to get to the city, we get pulled over by a cop. Quickly Gatsby pulls out a white card to show the young man, then he apologized for being a burden.

14: When we arrive at the Restaurant, Gatsby introduces me into his friend, Meyer Wolfshiem, who claims to have fixed the 1919 world series. I get the impression that Meyer is a shady character and is possibly involved in organized crimes, in which i think is how Gatsby gets a sum of his wealth. Over the night I learn that Gatsby was a Lieutenant in WWI and received many medals from European countries. While he was stationed in Louisville Kentucky, he met a charming young lady names Daisy, whom he fell in love with.

15: He had to leave her when he went off to the war. While Gatsby was at war, Daisy fell in love with someone else, Tom Buchanan.

16: Chapter 5 As I walk home one night from my date with Jordan Baker, I notice that Gatsby's house is lit up, but there is nobody home. I shortly find Gatsby eager to treat me dinners, and trips to Coney Island. I found out the reason for all this was that Gatsby was trying to bribe me into agreeing with his plan to set him and Daisy back up on a Reunion. I agree with Gatsby's plan.

17: Gatsby was overwhelmed with happiness, quickly sending people over to cut my grass, along with flowers. Come the day the Daisy was invited over to my house, t was raining and very bad weather. Gatsby was nervous, wanting too leave before 4. Once Daisy had arrived Gatsby had disappeared. Hearing a knock on the door, Gatsby is standing on the porch from a walk around the house, in the rain. As Daisy and Gatsby talk for the first time in years, it gets very awkward, as Gatsby gets nervous. I walk out of the room to leave them to themselves, when I arrive back I find that Gatsby and Daisy are more than happy and are having a great time talking and catching up with each other. Gatsby invited Daisy and I over to his house so he could show off his luxury to Daisy.

18: Chapter 6 Jay Gatsby was born James Gatz on a North Dakota farm. He attended college at St. Olaf's in Minnesota, but dropped out to become a janitor. The summer after, he worked on Lake Superior, fishing for salmon and digging for clam. One day he saw a yacht owned by a wealthy copper mogul, Dan Cody. Gatsby sailed out to the yacht to warn the man of the horrific storm coming through. Dan Cody thanked him by letting Gatsby sail with him and be his wingman. Gatsby fell in love with you wealthy lifestyle he had been living with Dan Cody, in which inspired him to become a wealthy man when Dan Cody died.

19: I hear from neither Gatsby nor Daisy after our reunion at Gatsby's house. I go over to Gatsby's to find Tom there. He invites Gatsby to dinner. A few nights later Gatsby throws another one of his extravagant house parties, in which Tom and Daisy both attend. During the party Tom keeps telling Daisy that Gatsby gets all of his wealth from bootlegging, but Daisy angrily disagrees saying it comes from a chain of dollar stores. Once Daisy and Tom left the party Gatsby came up to me unhappy because Daisy had such an unpleasant time at the party. He tells me about how much he wants Tom and Daisy to separate so he can have Daisy back to himself.

20: Chapter 7 On one of the hottest days during the summer, I ride over to East Egg to have lunch with Tom and Daisy. Once I arrive I find that Gatsby and Jordan Baker are both there as well. Daisy's child was in the room, but with Daisy paying more attention to Gatsby than her own child, mentions that it is boring and asks Gatsby if he would like to take a ride to the city. Tom insists that he goes along, so Tom, Jordan and I ride in Gatsby's car, while Gatsby and Daisy ride in Tom's car.

21: In the New York City heat, we all decide to get a suite at the Plaza hotel. There Tom mocks Gatsby on his vocabulary, and bluffs that he doesn't believe Gatsby when he said he attended Oxford. Gatsby said he did indeed attend Oxford following the war. Tom asked Gatsby what his intentions were for Daisy. Gatsby implied that Daisy loves him, not Tom. Tom getting angry orders Daisy to go back to long island, so her and Gatsby head back. On our way back to long island, we stop by the Wilson garage to find the horrific news that Myrtle had been hit by an automobile and that car stopped, then sped away. Once we get back to long island, at Toms I find Gatsby sitting in their bushes, claiming that he is keeping an eye on Tom to make sure that he does not hurt Daisy. Gatsby said that it was Daisy that was driving when they struck myrtle, but he would take the blame.

22: Chapter 8 I didn't get hardly any sleep the night of Myrtles death. I go over to Gatsby's mansion to see if he is doing alright. He informs me that he sat in Toms bushes until 4 o'clock, but nothing happened. I try to convince Gatsby to forget about Daisy and move away from West Egg. He denies the idea and says he wishes things were the way they were back in Louisville in 1917. Gatsby's gardener interrupts Gatsby's story to tell him that he will be draining the pool, but Gatsby tells him to wait a day. Even though he never uses his pool, today he wanted to take a swim. I stay so long at the mansion talking to Gatsby, that I get late for work. I tell Gatsby goodbye and leave for work. Arriving at the office, I realize I have too many things on my mind to concentrate on my work, and refuse to meet Jordan Baker for a date.

23: George Wilson stays up all night talking to Michaelis about Myrtles death, and that before she died he confronted her about her love affairs and that she could night hide her sins from god. The morning after the accident George thinks that the killer of Myrtle must of been her lover. So he thinks, it couldn't of been me because I showed up right after the accident with Tom and Jordan in a different car. Then he recalls Gatsby driving that exact car. George goes over to Gatsby's mansion to find him in the pool laying on a inflatable bed, looking at the sky. George shoots him killing him almost instant. Then takes his own life with a bullet to the head.

24: Chapter 9 At Gatsby's mansion soon after his death, reports, journalists, and gossipmongers flooded the mansion looking for rumors, and spreading them. Telling stories that were so false, it made the other rumors about Gatsby at his parties seem almost real. I tried to have a huge funeral for Gatsby, because I know he wouldn't of wanted to die alone. Tom and Daisy moved off without a new forwarding address. The only people that attended the funeral, were Owl Eyes, a few servants, Gatsby's father, Henry C. Gatz, and I. After the funeral Gatsby's father shows me a notebook that Jay had been writing over the years that he lived in Minnesota talking about him getting successful. Once everything was said and done, I decided to move away from West Egg, and go back to the Midwest. I break off my relationship with Jordan, in which she claims to of already gotten engaged to another man a week before my moving.

25: I encounter Tom on Fifth Ave. in New York City. I refused to shake his hand after what all he has done. He said that Gatsby deserved too die. I disagree with him and say that him and Daisy are a couple of pathetic people who destroy people and try to cover everything up with their money. I head back to West Egg one last time before my moving back to the Midwest. I go over the Gatsby's abandoned mansion. I walk out to the beach behind it and picture what it was like before all the houses was built there, and what it looked like to the settlers that founded America. It is not the same, with the absence of Jay Gatsby.

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