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How did Daisy and Mr. Gatsby meet in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald?

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perfectangel17 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 16, 2009 at 10:37 AM via web

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How did Daisy and Mr. Gatsby meet in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald?

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 16, 2009 at 10:53 AM (Answer #1)

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Daisy and Gatsby met for the first time in Louisville where he was stationed at Camp Taylor as a young officer before being shipped overseas during World War I. Daisy was very popular among the officers at Camp Taylor, and Gatsby went with some of them to visit Daisy, meeting her for the first time. After a while, Gatsby went to Daisy's house without the others. Their love affair began and lasted for a month before he had to leave to go to the war. 

After a five-year separation, they meet again in West Egg where Gatsby has bought a huge mansion across the bay from the Buchanans' estate. Their reunion occurs when Nick arranges it, at Gatsby's request, inviting Daisy to tea at his cottage where Gatsby waits for her.

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melissa1106 | Student, Grade 11 | TA | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted June 27, 2014 at 10:26 PM (Answer #2)

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Daisy first meets Gatsby before he goes off to fight in World War II. Jordan Booker, Daisy's friend was there and she said that Daisy and Gatsby were talking in her car and they got to know each other. Gatsby went off to war and he did not see Daisy until five years later where he moves into a house across the bay from Daisy.

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mlsldy3 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted November 19, 2014 at 7:50 PM (Answer #3)

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In chapter four Jordan tells Nick that Gatsby fell in love with Daisy in 1917, so early in the book we see that the two have a long history. Nick doesn't know the full extent of their relationship until later in the book.

In chapter eight, after the death of Myrtle, Nick is having a hard time sleeping. He goes over to Gatsby's house to try to convince him to leave town until everything is sorted out. Gatsby refuses to leave. He knows that leaving town means leaving Daisy. Gatsby then begins to tell Nick of how they met. It was 1917 in Louisville, Kentucky. Gatsby was stationed nearby and met Daisy. He was instant smitten with her wealth. He was also very attracted to her beauty and youthful innocence. Gatsby knew that Daisy would not give him a chance, if she knew that he was poor. He decides then to lie about his past and his current circumstances. As the time comes closer for Gatsby to go to war, Daisy promises to wait for him. The two then sleep together, as if sealing their pact. Daisy, however, doesn't wait for Gatsby. She ends up marrying Tom, who is her social equal. Tom is also the choice of her parents. 

This chapter is the catalysis of the whole story. We learn that Gatsby is just as obsessed with Daisy as he is wealth. He doesn't want to leave town, because being without Daisy again, is like a death for him. In the end he dies without her anyway. Neither his love for Daisy or his love of wealth, can save him.


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