In chapter 6 of The Great Gatsby, a reporter comes to Gatsby’s door to interview him about his personal life. Jay Gatsby’s original name was James Gatz and he was born on a North Dakota farm but went to college in St. Olaf, Minnesota. He dropped out of college and later met the wealthy Dan Cody who hired him as a personal assistant. When Dan Cody died he left Gatsby $25,000, but his mistress prevented Gatsby from claiming it. After that, Gatsby was determined to become rich and successful. Later on, Nick visits Gatsby and is shocked to find Tom Buchanan there, and the next Saturday Tom and Daisy attend one of Gatsby’s parties. After the party Gatsby is worried that Daisy did not enjoy it and Nick tells him to give up on Daisy, however,
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In The Great Gatsby Dan Cody symbolizes everything that Jay Gatsby wanted to be. Dan Cody was a wealthy successful man while Gatsby was a poor boy. Dan Cody is mentioned first when Jay is out fishing, “He had changed it…when he saw Dan Cody’s yacht drop anchor over the most insidious flat on Lake Superior” (98). Dan Cody is described as this, “Cody was fifty years old then, a product of the Nevada silver fields, of the Yukon, of every rush for metal since seventy-five” (99). This symbol is important to the novel because it gave Gatsby his determination to become wealthy and catch Daisy’s eye again.
In chapter 7 of The Great Gatsby Nick finds out that Gatsby had stopped throwing parties every weekend, fired all his servants, and then replaced them with people connected to the shady Meyer Wolfshiem. Nick goes to lunch at Daisy and Tom’s house while Gatsby and Jordan are already there and Daisy shows off her daughter to a surprised Gatsby who didn’t believe the child existed. Since it is the hottest day of the year the group agrees to drive to the city and Nick, Tom, and Jordan stop at Wilson’s garage where they learn he knows about his wife’s affair. They meet up with Daisy and Gatsby at the hotel where Tom and Gatsby finally get their feelings out in the open. After Tom won the argument he sent Daisy and Gatsby back to Long Island and Nick realizes it is his thirtieth birthday. Tom, Jordan, and Nick head home to find out that Myrtle was killed by being run over