Characters in The Great Jay Gatsby Protagonist Mysterious, fantastically wealthy young man Every Saturday, his garish Gothic mansion in West Egg serves as the site of extravagant parties Given name - James Gatz -he was born in North Dakota to an impoverished farming family.
While serving in the Army in World War I, met briefly Daisy Fay Daisy Buchanan) Gatsby He worked for (now a millionaire, and became acquainted with and passionately in love
withsociety. her. the fell people and customs of high This, coupled with his love of Daisy, inspired Gatsby to devote his life to the acquisition of wealth. Nick Carraway The novel's narrator, Comes from a well-to-do Minnesota family. He travels to
New York to learn the bond business He becomes involved with both Gatsby and the Buchanans. Though he is honest, responsible, and fair-minded, Nick does share some of the flaws of the East Egg milieu. he is the only one to recognize Gatsby's "greatness," revealing himself as a young man of unusual sensitivity. Daisy Buchanan Nick's cousin Tom's wife The woman that Gatsby loves.
She had promised to wait for Jay Gatsby until the end of the war, but after meeting Tom Buchanan and comparing his extreme wealth to Gatsby's poverty, she broke her promise. Daisy uses her frailty as an excuse for her extreme immaturity. Tom Buchanan A brutal, hulking man, former Yale football player
Like Daisy, comes from an immensely wealthy Midwestern family His racism and sexism are symptomatic of his deep insecurity about his elevated social position. Tom is a vicious bully, physically menacing both his wife and his mistress. He is a hypocrit as well: though he condemns his wife for her infidelity, he has no qualms about carrying on an affair himself
Jordan Baker Daisy's longtime friend Professional golfer who cheated in order to win her first tournament. Extremely cynical, with a masculine, icy demeanor that Nick initially finds compelling. Becomes briefly involved with Nick but Jordan rejects him on the grounds that he is as
corrupt and decadent as she is. Becomes briefly involved with Nick but Jordan rejects him on the grounds that he is as corrupt and decadent as she is. Myrtle Wilson An earthy, vital, and voluptuous woman,
Desperate to improve her life She shares a loveless marriage with George Wilson, a man who runs a shabby garage. She has been having a long-term affair with Tom Buchanan, and is very jealous of his wife, Daisy. George Wilson A listless, impoverished man whose only passion is his love for his wife, Myrtle. He is devastated by Myrtle's affair with Tom.
Owns a car garage in the Valley of Ashes Henry Gatz Gatsby's father His son's help is the only thing that saves him from poverty. Gatz tells Nick about his son's extravagant plans and dreams of self-improvement. Meyer Wolfsheim A notorious underworld figure, a business associate of Gatsby
Deeply involved in organized crime, and even claims credit for fixing the 1919 World Series. His character, like Fitzgerald's view of the Roaring Twenties as a whole, is a curious mix of barbarism and refinement (his cuff links are made from human molars). Dan Cody Dan is a somewhat coarse man who became immensely wealthy during the Gold Rush. He mentored Gatsby when he was a young man and gave him a taste of elite society.
Though he left Gatsby a sum of money after his death, it was later seized by his ex-wife. Ewing Klipspringer A shiftless freeloader who almost lives at Gatsby's mansion. Though he takes advantage of Gatsby's wealth and generosity, Klipspringer fails to return the favor later.
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