He is a young man, around thirty years old, who rose from an impoverished childhood in rural North Dakota to become fabulously wealthy. However, he gained his wealth by participating in organized crime. From his early youth, Gatsby despised poverty and longed for wealth but his main motivation in acquiring his fortune was his love for Daisy Buchanan, whom he met as a young military officer. Gatsby immediately fell in love with Daisy's appearance of luxury, grace, and charm, and lied to her about his own background in order to convince her that he was good enough for her. Daisy promised to wait for him when he left for the war, but married Tom Buchanan instead, while Gatsby was studying at Oxford after the war in an attempt to gain an education. From that moment on, Gatsby dedicated himself to winning Daisy back, and his acquisition of millions of dollars, his purchase of a mansion on West Egg, and his huge weekly parties are all devoted in gaining her attention.
"His life had been confused and disordered since then, but if he could once again return to a certain place and go over it all slowly, he could find out what thing that was..." - Nick
Daisy's friend, who becomes romantically involved with Nick. A competitive golfer, Jordan represents the generation of the "new women" of the 1920s: cynical, boyish, and self-centered. Jordan is beautiful, but also dishonest. For example she cheated in order to win her first golf tournament and continually bends the truth.
Nick: "Suppose you met somebody just as careless as yourself."
Jordan: "I hope I never will," she answered. "I hate careless people."
Nick represents the exact opposite of Gatsby, he is quiet and a reflective Midwesterner who is always...