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In chapter 6 of The Great Gatsby, what is ironic about Dan Cody?

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pomme | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 17, 2008 at 4:19 AM via web

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In chapter 6 of The Great Gatsby, what is ironic about Dan Cody?

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luannw | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted January 17, 2008 at 5:31 AM (Answer #1)

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Cody, like Jay Gatsby, was a self-made man.  Cody made his fortune mining precious metals.  Like Gatsby, also, Cody liked living the good life and he lived it with gusto.  Cody took Gatsby with him as he sailed in his yacht to many ports, both domestic and foreign.  Gatsby learned a lot from Cody, not the least of which was how to live among the rich. Unlike Gatsby, Cody drank a lot and he wasn't as careful as Gatsby.  Ironically, Cody intended for Gatsby to inherit $25,000 upon Cody's death, but because he wasn't careful and let a woman named Ella Kay into his life, Gatsby never received any money from Cody.  Still, however, Cody taught Gatsby how to live as Jay Gatsby and not Jimmy Gatz.

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