The Great Gatsby (1926) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • Nick Carraway, a young Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbour, the nouveau riche Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.

  • Gangster/bootlegger Gatsby buys a West Egg mansion to which society flocks for endless parties. Daisy and Jay were in love eleven years earlier but Jay went overseas in World War I and Daisy married wealthy Tom Buchanan. Gatsby hopes to rekindle the love with Daisy. When Daisy runs over Tom's mistress (Myrtle, the wife of Wilson who runs the garage down the road) Gatsby offers to take the blame.


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