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In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, what is Gatsby's real first and last name?
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In Chapter 6 we learn about Gatsby's background and find out that his real name is James Gatz.
To many literary critics, Fitzgerald's choice of his name "has been "a difficult puzzle to solve." Interpretations of its origin range from "God's boy" to a slang term for gun to a German term for derision. The link below offers further discussion; however, you must have a premium subscription to enotes to access it.
Posted by cybil on February 18, 2008 at 12:03 AM (Answer #1)
gatsby's name was Jay Gatz but he changed it to suit his new lifestyle because he didnt want to be reminded of his past
Posted by englit1990 on July 18, 2008 at 10:25 PM (Answer #2)
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