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What is the main idea for Chapter 1 of The Great Gatsby?I need a single main idea for...

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cookiedough14432 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 22, 2010 at 3:00 PM via web

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What is the main idea for Chapter 1 of The Great Gatsby?

I need a single main idea for every chapter I dont need the overall main idea of the novel.

If you can also help me with Ch. 2 and Ch. 3 would be amazing.

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted July 22, 2010 at 10:20 PM (Answer #1)

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Here is chapter 1:

A lot is learned in this first chapter. We find out where Nick is from, we find out he was in the war, we find out he decides to go East to earn a living, we find out he is a distant cousin of Daisy, we are introduced to the cultures of East and West Egg, and we hear rumors of the mysterious Jay Gatsby. So, in one sentence:

A fairly well-to-do young man from a prominent mid-West family returns from the war, decides to go East to earn a living, and finds himself living next to a wealthy distant cousin and an incredibly rich and ostentatious mystery man named Jay Gatsby.

A lot of background information and character development occurs in chapters 2, and 3, but to sum up in one sentence:

Chapter 2:

Daisy’s husband Tom Buchanan is having an affair with Myrtle Wilson, the wife of a mechanic, and Tom introduces Myrtle to Nick.

 Chapter 3:

Nick attends one of Jay Gatsby’s elaborate parties where he hears many rumors about Gatsby and visits with Jordan Baker.

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