Nick Carraway, a young guy from Minnesota, uproots his life and relocates to New York City in the summer of 1922 in order to gain experience in the bond business. He leases a home in the West Egg neighbourhood of Long Island, which is a prosperous but unfashionable neighbourhood populated by the new rich. The new rich are individuals who have made their fortunes too recently to have established social connections, and who are inclined to show off their wealth in ostentatious ways. Jay Gatsby, a mystery man who lives in West Egg and is Nick’s next-door neighbour, is known for hosting expensive parties every Saturday night in his enormous Gothic estate. Nick is Nick’s next-door neighbour.
Nick is not like the other people who live in West Egg because he attended Yale University and has social connections in East Egg, which is a chic neighbourhood on Long Island that is home to the established upper class. One evening, Nick gets in his car and makes the trip out to East Egg to have dinner with his cousin Daisy Buchanan and her husband Tom, who was once Nick’s classmate at Yale. Nick begins a love involvement with Jordan Baker, a stunning young woman who has a jaded outlook on life, after being introduced to her by Daisy and Tom. Jordan reveals to Nick that Tom is having an affair with a woman named Myrtle Wilson, who lives in the valley of ashes, which is a grey industrial dumping area located between West Egg and New York City. Nick also finds out some information regarding the marriage of Daisy and Tom. Nick takes a trip to New York City with Tom and Myrtle not too long after this information comes to light. Myrtle begins to tease Tom about his affair with Daisy when he is hosting a vulgar and garish party in the apartment that Tom uses for the affair. In response, Tom breaks her nose.
As the summer wears on, Nick works his way up the social ladder and is finally invited to one of Gatsby’s renowned parties. At the party, he makes the acquaintance of Jordan Baker, and the two of them go on to meet Jay Gatsby himself. Gatsby is a very youthful man who puts on an English accent, possesses a fantastic smile, and refers to everyone as “old sport.” Nick eventually gets additional information about his strange neighbour thanks to Jordan, who was asked by Gatsby to speak privately with Jordan. Jordan is informed by Gatsby that he knew Daisy in Louisville in 1917 and that he is over over heels in love with her. He stares at the green light at the end of her pier, which is located across the bay from his estate. He does this for several nights. The opulent lifestyle and wild parties that Gatsby throws for Daisy are nothing more than an attempt to win her favour. Gatsby now wants Nick to arrange a reunion between himself and Daisy, but he is concerned that Daisy would refuse to see him if she knows that he still loves her. Gatsby wants Nick to do this, but he is afraid that Daisy will know that he still loves her. Daisy receives an invitation from Nick to have tea at his home; however, Nick does not disclose to Daisy that Gatsby will also be present. Gatsby and Daisy eventually get back together after an unpleasant first encounter after a long separation. After reigniting their affection for one another, they go on an affair.
After a brief period of time, Tom begins to harbour growing suspicions regarding the relationship that his wife has with Gatsby. Tom recognises that Gatsby is in love with Daisy as soon as he sees the unmasked passion in Gatsby’s eyes while he is gazing at Daisy during a luncheon at the Buchanans’ home. Even though Tom is now participating in an affair of his own outside of his marriage, the idea that his wife may be disloyal to him infuriates him to the point of wrath. He then confronts Gatsby in a suite at the Plaza Hotel in New York City after compelling the gang to travel into the city. Tom says that he and Daisy have a history that Gatsby could never understand, and he announces to his wife that Gatsby is a criminal, and that his fortune comes from bootlegging alcohol and other illegal acts. Gatsby’s fortune originates from bootlegging alcohol and other illicit activities. When Daisy comes to the conclusion that her loyalty lies with Tom, Tom shows his disdain for her by sending her back to East Egg with Gatsby in an effort to demonstrate that Gatsby is powerless to hurt him.
However, when Nick, Jordan, and Tom travel through the valley of ashes, they find out that Gatsby’s car has hit and killed Tom’s lover, Myrtle, and that it was caused by Gatsby’s car. They make a hasty return to Long Island, where Nick learns from Gatsby that Daisy was driving the vehicle when it struck Myrtle, but that Gatsby plans to take the responsibility for the accident himself. Nick is understandably upset by this revelation. The following day, Tom reveals to George, Myrtle’s husband, that Gatsby was the one behind the wheel of the car. Gatsby is killed by George after George reaches the hasty conclusion that the person who was driving the automobile that hit and killed Myrtle must have been her boyfriend. George discovers Gatsby swimming in the pool at his estate and shoots him to death. After that, he takes his own life by shooting himself.
Nick decides to put on a small funeral for Gatsby, breaks off his relationship with Jordan, and moves back to the Midwest in order to escape the disgust he feels for the people in Gatsby’s life as well as the emptiness and moral decay of life among the wealthy on the East Coast. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nick creates a small funeral for Gatsby, breaks off his relationship with Jordan Nick thinks on the fact that, in the same way that Gatsby’s fantasy of Daisy was tainted by dishonesty and money, the American goal of happiness and autonomy has been eroded by the desire of fortune. In spite of the fact that what makes Gatsby “great” is his ability to make his dreams come true, Nick is of the opinion that the time for dreaming has passed, and this applies to both Gatsby’s dream and the American dream.