The Great Gatsby Characters

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Gatsby

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.

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Daisy

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.

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Nick

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.

4

Jordan

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

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Tom

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.

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Michaelis

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

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Dan Cody

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

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Henry Gatz

Gatsby's father.

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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.

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Wolfsheim

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.

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Klipspringer

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


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