The Great Gatsby Characters

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He is a fabulously wealthy young man living in a Gothic mansion in West Egg. He is famous for the lavish parties he throws every Saturday night, but no one knows where he comes from, what he does, or how he made his fortune.



Nick’s cousin, and the woman Gatsby loves. As a young woman in Louisville before the war, she was courted by a number of officers, including Gatsby.



He is a young man from Minnesota who, after being educated at Yale and fighting in World War I, goes to New York City to learn the bond business.



Daisy’s friend, a woman with whom Nick becomes romantically involved during the course of the novel. A competitive golfer, she represents one of the “new women” of the 1920s



Daisy’s immensely wealthy husband, once a member of Nick’s social club at Yale. Powerfully built and hailing from a socially solid old family, he is an arrogant, hypocritical bully.



He runs the restaurant next to Wilson's car shop. He witnessed the hit.


Dan Cody

The man who taught Gatsby how to act like a rich person. Gatsby rescues his boat from the storm.


Henry Gatz

Gatsby's father.


Owl Eyes

The eccentric, bespectacled drunk whom Nick meets at the first party he attends at Gatsby’s mansion. Nick finds him looking through Gatsby’s library, astonished that the books are real.



Gatsby’s friend, a prominent figure in organized crime. Before the events of the novel take place, he helped Gatsby to make his fortune bootlegging illegal liquor.



The shallow freeloader who seems almost to live at Gatsby’s mansion, taking advantage of his host’s money.

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