Notes on Chapter 1 of The Great Gatsby | jwpblog

Gatsby Chapter 1: Notes…

The first chapter of Gatsby seems to define the novel as a whole and stands slightly apart from the rest in terms of delivering the ‘plot’. What it does deliver is a wealth of information about character and setting which must be borne in mind as we read on.

Only Gatsby himself is absent, if we the lone figure seen in the last two paragraphs, but the reader is not ready, yet, to meet the figure at the centre of the book – Nick goes indoors without speaking to him.

Fitzgerald is clear about his feelings regarding the ‘Jazz Age’. He wrote this in 1931 in the book…

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