The Great Gatsby!

Character Overview/Summary

Francis Scott Fitzgerald

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the stigma writings of the Jazz Age. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. He finished four novels: This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender Is the Night. A fifth, unfinished novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon, was published posthumously. Fitzgerald also wrote many short stories that treat themes of youth and promise along with age and despair.

Gatsby "main" Character's List

  • Nick Carraway
  • Jay Gatsby
  • Daisy Buchanan
  • Tom Buchanan

Nick Carraway

Nick Carraway is a youthful man in the 1920's. Nick is the narrator of the novel, the Great Gatsby is told entirely through his eyes; his thoughts and perceptions shape and color the story. After being educated at Yale and fighting in World War I, goes to New York City to learn the bond business. Nick moves into WEST EGG, Long Island and befriends his very wealthy friend Jay Gatsby.

Jay Gatsby

The infamous Jay Gatsby is a immensely wealthy young man living in a Gothic mansion in West Egg. He is famous for his amazing Saturday night parties and events, but no one knows where he came from or even how he made his fortune. Nick and Gatsby become great friends and they bond with each other at Gatsby's lavish parties. As the story proceeds Nick finds out that Gatsby actually came from a farm in North Dakota and that his real name is James Gatz. And after many years of working with a wealthy man James had devoted himself to becoming wealthy himself.. No matter the cost.

Daisy Bunchanan

Daisy is a young and bold women of the 1920's, right around the time that women were making many bold statements through their clothing choice or lack of clothing choices. Nick’s cousin, and the woman Gatsby fell in love with. Daisy As a young woman in Louisville before the war, fell in love with Gatsby and promised to wait for him. However, Daisy harbors a deep need to be loved, and when a wealthy, powerful young man named Tom Buchanan asked her to marry him, Daisy decided not to wait for Gatsby after all. Now a beautiful socialite, Daisy lives with Tom across from Gatsby in the fashionable East Egg district of Long Island. She is sardonic and somewhat cynical, and behaves superficially to mask her pain at her husband’s constant infidelity.

Tom Buchanan

Tom is an arrogant, hypocritical bully. His social attitudes are laced with racism and sexism, and he never even considers trying to live up to the moral standard he demands from those around him. When he begins to suspect Daisy and Gatsby of having an affair, he becomes outraged and forces a confrontation