He is the narrator of the novel from the Midwest who comes to New
York to learn the bond business. He is an honest and understanding
person and people tend to trust him. He finds a home in West Egg,
an area in Long Island, across the sound from where his wealthy
cousin Daisy Buchanan lives. He meets people from all walks of life,
but finds that most of them are shallow, self-centered, and insincere.
At the end of the book, he becomes disillusioned with the East and
decides to return home to the Midwest
He is the main character of the novel as well as the one after whom
the book is named. He lives next to Nick in a huge mansion and constantly
throws lavish parties, complete with catered food, open bars, and
orchestras. People come from everywhere to attend these parties,
but no one seems to know much about the host. Slowly Nick learns
about Gatsby's rise to fame and how from a lowly beginning he obtains
She is an attractive, wealthy, and shallow young lady who met Gatsby
when he was stationed in the army in her hometown. She dated him
for a while and their feelings for each other became more intense.
When Gatsby was sent to Europe to fight in the war, she promised
to wait for him. After a while she became bored of being out of
the social scene and began to date other men. She met Tom Buchanan
who came from a very wealthy family. She decided to marry him and
broke her promise to Gatsby. When Gatsby returned, he vowed that
he would somehow win her back and she became the object of his dreams
Tom is Daisy's wealthy husband. He is a symbol of the shallowness
and carelessness of the very rich. He is cruel and has low moral
standards. He plays with cars and race horses, has sordid affairs,
and treats Daisy shabbily. She, however, will always remain with
Tom, for he offers her security and the life style to which she
is accustomed. Tom was a member of Nick's circle of friends at Yale.
Jordan is Daisy's friend whom Nick meets at his cousin's home. She
is an attractive woman, confident, and competitive. She is dishonest
and admits to cheating in order to win her first golf tournament
and throughout the book, she is economical with the truth.
Compared to the other characters, Myrtle leads a lowly life and
sees the only way to escape her lot is through her affair with Tom.
Her husband, George, owns a dilapidated garage in the "Valley of
Ashes". No matter how hard he tries, he is unable to improve their