When he renews his acquaintance with Daisy at Nick's house, what does Gatsby knock off of the mantle?
Why did Gatsby drop out of college?
He was humiliated by having to work as a janitor to pay his tuition.
On the day after the confrontation between Tom and Gatsby in New York City, what does Gatsby instruct his gardener not to do?
Drain the pool
The novel's narrator. Honest, tolerant, and inclined to reserve judgment, Nick often serves as a confidant for those with troubling secrets. The Great Gatsby is told entirely through Nick's eyes;
Protagonist of the novel, Gatsby is a fabulously wealthy young man living in a Gothic mansion in West Egg. Famous for the lavish parties
Nick's cousin, and the woman Gatsby loves. Daisy lives with Tom across from Gatsby in the fashionable East Egg district of Long Island.
Daisy's immensely wealthy husband, once a member of Nick's social club at Yale. Powerfully built and hailing from a socially solid old family, Tom is an arrogant, hypocritical bully. His social attitudes are laced with racism and sexism, and he never even considers trying to live up to the moral standard he demands from those around him.
Daisy's friend, a woman with whom Nick becomes romantically involved during the course of the novel. A competitive golfer, Jordan represents one of the "new women" of the 1920s—cynical, boyish, and self-centered. Jordan is beautiful, but also dishonest:
Tom's lover, whose lifeless husband George owns a run-down garage in the valley of ashes. Myrtle herself possesses a fierce vitality and desperately looks for a way to improve her situation.
Myrtle's husband, the lifeless, exhausted owner of a run-down auto shop at the edge of the valley of ashes. George loves and idealizes Myrtle, and is devastated by her affair with Tom.
The eccentric, bespectacled drunk whom Nick meets at the first party he attends at Gatsby's mansion
The shallow freeloader who seems almost to live at Gatsby's mansion, taking advantage of his host's money. As soon as Gatsby dies, Klipspringer disappears—he does not attend the funeral, but he does call Nick about a pair of tennis shoes that he left at Gatsby's mansion.
There are two possible climaxes: Gatsby's reunion with Daisy in Chapters 5-6; the confrontation between Gatsby and Tom in the Plaza Hotel in Chapter 7.
point of view
Nick Carraway narrates in both first and third person, presenting only what he himself observes. Nick alternates sections where he presents events objectively, as they appeared to him at the time, with sections where he gives his own interpretations of the story's meaning and of the motivations of the other characters
Nick's attitudes toward Gatsby and Gatsby's story are ambivalent and contradictory. At times he seems to disapprove of Gatsby's excesses and breaches of manners and ethics, but he also romanticizes and admires Gatsby, describing the events of the novel in a nostalgic and elegiac tone.
Gatsby has amassed a vast fortune in order to win the affections of the upper-class Daisy Buchanan, but his mysterious past stands in the way of his being accepted by her