Nick Carraway moves to New York where he goes to visit, and have dinner, with his cousin, Daisy, and her husband, Tom Buchanan. While he’s there, he meets Jordan Baker, a golf player. During dinner, Tom gets a phone call and Jordan tells Nick about Tom’s girlfriend. After dinner, Jordan goes home to prepare for a golf tournament the next day, and Nick goes home. He notices, his neighbor, Gatsby standing on the lawn with his arms reaching towards a green light across the water.
One day, Nick and Tom rides a train to the city and on the way, Tom forces Nick to go with him to George Wilson’s Garage, where they meet George and his wife, Myrtle Wilson, who is Tom’s lover. George is a very dull person, and dumb. Myrtle is kind and desperate for affection. Tom, Myrtle and a reluctant Nick, go to an apartment, in town. They invite a few people, including Myrtle’s sister, to have a party. Nick gets drunk for the second time in his life. Myrtle starts mocking Daisy’s name, which angers Tom and he reacts by breaking her nose, ending the party.
Gatsby throws a party, and sends Nick an invitation. Nick feels special, because no one ever gets an invite, they just attend. Nick goes to the party and sees Jordan, who he follows around because she’s his only acquaintance. He hears tons of gossip about Gatsby and after a while, Jordan and Nick, in curiosity, search the party for the mysterious Jay Gatsby. They finally give up searching around midnight and goes outside, where they sit down at a table with a handsome man, who introduces himself as Jay Gatsby. Nick becomes very intrigued with Gatsby. After Gatsby leaves, a butler comes to tell Jordan that Gatsby wants to talk with her. Nick waits for hours, for Jordan’s return, and when she finally r…
…rs would never know what Gatsby, Daisy and Tom were thinking; which always had me wondering.
I hated that, throughout the whole thing, Nick and Jordan both knew what was happening to everyone, but neither of them tried to prevent anything. From the beginning, Nick said, his father told him not to get in other people’s business but they could have saved lives! If Nick told Wilson who was driving the car, Tom could have shielded Daisy and himself from the pending revenge. Nick could’ve told Daisy about Myrtle and Daisy could have dealt with it herself.
The theme of this book was, you cannot recreate the past. Gatsby was in love with the young, beautiful Daisy, but she got married, and older. Instead of letting her go, he tried to convince her that she still loved him. But, Daisy loves her husband almost as much, maybe more. But in trying to live the past, Gatsby dies.