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The Great Gatsby Character Analysis

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-Jewish man
-Little information about him, which adds to his mysterious character
-Apparently fixed the 1919 World Series
-Greatly associated with underworld, and a 'friend' of Gatsby's By: Anas, Gagandeep, & Karanveer The Great gatsby Nick Carraway - One of the MAIN characters
- A Yale graduate
- Initially away from the action, but slowly becomes involved to the point where he becomes an important part for the novel's messages WHO AM I? . Klipspringer * Real Name Ewing Klipspringer
* Lives at Gatsby’s house
* Takes advantage of his generosity
* Disappears after Gatsby’s death
* Doesn’t show up to funeral
* Calls Nick to get back his shoes Jay Gatsby Who is he?
- Ultimate central character
- 30 years old
- Starts out very calm, busy, and mysterious. And still humble.
- Extremely wealthy with involvement in organized crime, and illegal acts during prohibition Daisy Buchanan * Beautiful/Charming
* Selfish
* Shallow
* Tom's Wife
* Affair with Gatsby
* Nick's 2nd cousin once removed
* Moves around alot. Originally lived in East egg.
Currently lives in West Egg - His family descended from the "Dukes of Buccleuch," but really started when Nick's grandfather's brother came to the U.S. in 1851
- The Carraways have been in the country for a little over seventy years
- When the civil war began, Nick's relative "sent a substitute" to fight for him, while he started the family business
- This suggests that the early Carraways were tied more into business than justice - He realizes that he must spread around the Midwest and to make his fortune
- He is an educated man who desires more out of life than the quiet Midwest can offer
- Motivated by his conscience, Nick tries not to get socially 'close' with people like the Buchannans and Jordan Baker. - From Chapter 1, we see that he's different from characters he interacts with (Daisy, Tom, and Jordan)
- Reserved: He doesn't feel the need to tell anyone about his adventures
- Also appears to be least concerned with making money compared to those characters - Appears to be Gatsby's only 'true' friend
- When everyone leave after Gatsby's death, Nick ensures Gatsby isn't alone in his death
- Starts as a man dreaming of a fortune, to a man who understands the misery fortune can bring Owl Eyes * He’s an odd character
* He’s found drunk
* 'Book Worm': found looking through Gatsby’s library in amazement that the books are real
* Moocher: Attends Gatsby's parties without knowing who he truly is
- Birth name: James Gatz, Jay Gatsby represents the reinvention of himself
- Longed for wealth, and detested poverty
- Apart of military during WW1
- Traveled on long voyages with a man name Dan Cody (a wealthy man, a hardcore alcoholic, grateful/considerate and inspired Gatsby to attain wealth)
- Son of Henry G. Gatz (loving father, who travelled from Minnesota to bury his son) Background Info: Gatsby's Personalities - Dynamic character
- Motivated by his love for Daisy
- Lovesick: He becomes sensitive, and timid with her presence
- With time, he becomes almost over-confident
- Met the love of his life Daisy, in Louisville, and lied about his background,
- Attended Oxford to attain education, but only went for two weeks
- Determined, and yet naive for hope of attaining Daisy
- He is Great because, “Mr. Gatsby has an amazing ability to transform his dreams into reality.” Tom Buchanan * Rich
* Physically Strong
* Arrogant
* Racist
* Daisy’s Husband
* Hypocrite
* Affair with Myrtle Wilson
* Easily angered
* Originated in East Egg. Now lives in West Egg. * Tom and Daisy’s daughter
* Looks like Daisy
* Born into a Old money family
* She's a symbol that everything can NOT go back to the way it used to be in Louisville (between Gatz and Daisy) Pammy Buchanan
- Married to George Wilson, and has an affair with Tom Buchanan
- Bossy: “Get some chairs, why don't you, so somebody can sit down.” Pg 26
- Unsatisfied with her life (with both Tom and George):
- Jealous:
> The Daisy! Daisy! Daisy scene in the apartment that got her a nose bleed from Tom
> “... Her eyes, wide with jealous terror... on Jordan Baker, whom she took to be his wife” Pg 125 Myrtle Wilson:
-Weak, 'pushover' character (described as lifeless)
- Myrtle Wilson's husband
- Owner of a garage/ gas station in the Valley of Ashes
- Suspicious and over-protective
- Confused/ irrational George Wilson:
- Myrtle Wilson's sister
- We learn in chapter 2, she has bright red hair, and wears lots of make-up
- Another 'gossip-girl' (she tells Nick that Gatsby is the nephew of Kaiser Wilhelm) Catherine: - Represents women of a particular class
- Jordan represents one of the “new women” of the 1920s—cynical, boyish, and self-centered
- Represents the independence and self-sufficiency of women
- Young, single, wealthy
- Admired by men wherever she goes Jordan Baker: - Nick describes her as not just a golf cheat, but a cheat at life
- She's somewhat shallow in her approach to life
- She wasn't able to endure being at a disadvantage - Jordan is a contrast to Daisy!
- Her body has "demands," which just means sex
- Daisy is always fluttering, babbling and giggling and basically acting like a "dumb girl" whereas Jordan is hard and direct
- She is independent Meyer Wolfshiem: * Runs restaurant
* Witnessed hit and run of Myrtle
* Not Old money or New money
* Means well, but could have stopped
George when he left in a bad temper Michealis THANKS FOR LISTENING! RESOURCES: -The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald novel (1896-1940)

-http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/gatsby/

-http://www.gradesaver.com/the-great-gatsby/study-guide/character-list/

-http://www.pinkmonkey.com/booknotes/barrons/grtgats.asp

-http://www.cummingsstudyguides.net/Guides2/Gatsby.html#Gatsby
-http://thebestnotes.com/booknotes/Great_Gatsby/Great_Gatsby_Fitzgerald_Study_Guide01.html
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