As a poor, young soldier stationed in Louisville, he meets and falls in love with Daisy Fay, the most popular and wealthy girl in town. Daisy is a vain lady.
When Tom notices him and questions him as to why he didn't want to shake hands, Nick curtly offers "You know what I think of you. The story proper begins when Nick moves from the Midwest to West Egg, Long Island, seeking to become a "well-rounded man" and to recapture some of the excitement and adventure he experienced as a soldier in WWI.
Context and reception Set in what was called the Jazz Age a term popularized by Fitzgeraldor the Roaring Twenties, The Great Gatsby vividly captures its historical moment: the economic boom of postwar America, the new jazz music, the free-flowing illegal liquor.
Nick has moved East, and disgusted, returns to the Midwest. In the spring ofNick takes a house in the fictional village of West Egg on Long Islandwhere he finds himself living among the colossal mansions of the newly rich.
As the party prepares to leave for the city, Tom fetches a bottle of whiskey.
The light marks Daisy's house — Gatsby's gesture toward it, as the later chapters show, is a gesture of love.
The superficial achievement of the American Dream, give no fulfillment, no real joy and peace; but instead, creates lots of problems for the characters in the novel.
For instance, when Tom chooses to discuss politics, he reveals himself not just as one who discriminates against people on the basis of class a classicistbut also a racist.