Similarly, Gatsby is first seen at the end of Chapter 1 but not met until the middle of Chapter 3.
Tom Buchanan’s question of who Gatsby is is asked in Chapter 6, and Nick Carraway’s narrative is the attempt to answer it. Various characters suggest that he is a bootlegger (an illegal smuggler of alcohol when Prohibition had largely banned it in the U. When Owl-Eyes discovers that Gatsby’s books are real he exclaims: “This fella’s a regular Belasco,” referring to an American theatrical producer, famous for the detail and plausibility of his stage-sets.
Jay Gatsby, whose real name was James Gatz was the son of poor middle-western farmers from North Dakota, and spent the majority of his time growing up working for a millionaire, named Dan Cody.
This encouraged him to spend his time working towards the achievement of wealth.
He is the protagonist who gives the name to the story.
Gatsby is a newly wealthy Midwesterner - turned - Easterner who orders his life around for one desire: to be reunited with Daisy Buchanan, the love he lost five years earlier.
Throughout the novel he has a tendency to tidy up, clearing the soap from Mr Mc Kee’s face at the Plaza party, erasing an obscene word scrawled on the steps of Gatsby’s house.
He says at the start of the novel that “Gatsby...represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn,” but goes on to say that Gatsby turned out all right at the end.
His quest for the American dream leads him from poverty to wealth, into the arms of his beloved and, eventually, to his death.
Gatsby and Daisy had been involved some years before until Daisy left him because he didn't have enough money.