The Great Gatsby

Nick Caraway
Narrator; trustworthy; lives on West Egg, next to Gatsby
Tom Buchanan
Daisy’s husband; cheats on Daisy with Myrtle; insufferable
Daisy Fay Buchanan
Tom’s wife; object of desire for Gatsby; also kinda insufferable
Pammy Buchanan
Tom and Daisy’s child; irrelevant
Jordan Baker
Pro golfer, cheats; gets together with Nick
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Jay Gatsby (James Gatz)
Titular character; naive, hopeful of repeating the past by being with Daisy
George B. Wilson
Myrtle’s husband; owns a garage; kills Gatsby after Daisy hits Myrtle with her car, killing her
Myrtle Wilson
George’s wife; cheats on George with Tom (tries to act very upper class/old money, but is pretty tacky); gets hit by Gatsby’s car, though Daisy is driving, and is killed
Catherine
Myrtle’s sister; believes in the rumors surrounding Gatsby; knows that Myrtle is cheating on George with Tom
Chester McKee
Photographer who attended Tom’s party in New York
Lucille McKee
Wife of Chester McKee; claims to be very happy with her marriage when Myrtle laments her own troubles; is given Myrtle’s dress even though it was a gift from Tom
“Owl Eyes”
First introduced in the book sitting in Gatsby’s library at his party; surprised that the books are real; in the car accident after the party; only person outside of Nick and Gatsby’s father that attends Gatsby’s funeral
Meyer Wolfsheim
Gatsby’s business associate; link to organized crime; professional gambler – fixed the 1919 World Series; helped to build Gatsby’s fortune, though this wealth came through questionable means
Ewing Klipspringer
Convivially known as Gatsby’s “boarder”; a representation of those who frequented Gatsby’s parties; a leech
Dan Cody
Worldly mentor of Jay Gatsby; took Gatsby under his wing when he was a young man to teach him about living adventurously and pursuing his dreams
Ella Kaye
Love interest of Dan Cody; invalidated Cody’s last will in order to get the $25,000 Dan left as inheritance to Jay Gatsby
Mr. Sloane
In the group that refuses dinner at Gatsby’s; when Gatsby goes to get his car to have dinner at their house, they leave quickly
Michealis
George Wilson’s restauranteur neighbor who comforts Wilson after Myrtle is killed; one of the few charitable people found in the novel
Henry C. Gatz
Gatsby’s father who comes from the midwest to bury his son; representative of Gatsby’s humble roots
East Egg vs. West Egg
East Egg is the more fashionable of the two; Gatsby and Nick live on West Egg while Daisy and Tom live on East Egg
The green light
represents Gatsby’s hopes for the future; could represent Gatsby’s quest for Daisy, but also the more generalized idea of the American Dream
The eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg
To George, the eyes represent the eyes of God looking down on America; their lack of concrete significance lends itself to the essential meaninglessness of the world and the arbitrariness of the mental process by which we as humans associate meanings to objects
The Merton College Library
Literally the library at Oxford, but that is what Nick refers to Gatsby;s library as
The Black Sox Scandal of 1919
Meyer Wolfsheim is connected to this scandal
Louisville
The place where Gatsby met Daisy
The Oxford (“Oggsford”) man
What Meyer Wolfsheim calls Gatsby
The Montenegro Medal
A medal Gatsby claims to have won in war – shows Nick to convince him of his wealth and stature
“The Sheik of Araby”
A verse of this song appears in the novel
“Old Sport”
What Gatsby calls everyone to solidify his wealthy stature
The grail motif
The committing of oneself to chase after a sacred object that one may not even be able to have; i.e., Gatsby to Daisy
The Hopalong Cassidy Schedule
Gatsby had written this when he was younger; writes his personal goals to improve (study elocution, do pushups, etc.)
The American Dream
The notion that all things were equal in America, and everyone had the same opportunities to be successful and get what they wanted; a fleeting mentality
The “valley of ashes”
Between West Egg and New York City; a long stretch of desolate land created by the dumping of industrial ashes
The Jazz Age/The Roarin’ Twenties
The period of time in which Gatsby was set; everyone was stupid and kinda sucked
Prohibition
The period of time when the consumption/sale of alcohol was illegal; led people to have underground Speakeasies or questionable tactics
The “beautiful shirts” scene
Daisy is very upset because she realizes that if she waited she could have Gatsby and wealth
The “can’t repeat the past” scene
Gatsby’s most famous line in which he says course you can change the past; shows his nostalgia for the past and his hope to get back what he lost
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
F. Scott’s Father
Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald
F. Scott’s Wife
Ginevra King
Inspiration of Daisy; “Rich girls don’t marry poor boys”
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