Chapter 4. Summary. Gatsby visits Nick’s house for the first time, and talks of his wartime experiences. They travel into the city, where Gatsby introduces Nick to Meyer Wolfsheim
He inherited a great deal of money, and then “lived like a young raja in all the capitals of Europe...”
Jordan recalls her meeting with Daisy, five years earlier. Daisy’s surname before her marriage was Fay.
“His expressive nose”
“Let the bastards come in here…”
“Fine specimens of human molars”for rings
Gatsby is a “mystery”
We recognise these hints as a result of Nick’s doubts about Gatsby’s own version of his story. He tells us that listening to this version “was like skimming hastily though a dozen magazines”. The simile is highly appropriate to this phase of American history as, illustrated magazines promoted society gossip and helped create Hollywood legends, while also serving the requirements of modern advertising. Nick is suggesting that although an image of Gatsby’s past has become visible, the realty behind it is far from distinct (theme of pretense against reality).
retelling of past events, and how the point of
view of the teller changes the the account, and even
its essential details. For example, Gatsby’s comment
that Jordan Baker is “a great sportswoman” who
would “never do anything that wasn’t all right”
contradicts Nick ideas in the previous chapter, and
shows how interpretations may differ significantly
according to point of view. Gatsby’s judgement is
coloured by the fact that he is using Jordan to
arrange a meeting with Daisy and so wants Nick to
The Founding Fathers of Modern America, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776, were sure that it would be a peaceful nation; American history however, is full of conflict. Ironically the success of Major Gatsby, promoted while active in a European war, is further evidence of the failure of fundamental American ideals with which F. Scott Fitzgerald is concerned in the novel.