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Where did Jay Gatsby go to college?I know that he said he was an Oxford man. But is it...

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ewhitney16 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 23, 2011 at 10:29 AM via web

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Where did Jay Gatsby go to college?

I know that he said he was an Oxford man. But is it true or did he go to a small college in Minnesota? If you could can you tell me where he went, how long, and how you found this out. Thank you.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 23, 2011 at 3:16 PM (Answer #1)

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In Chapter 6 of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, a young reporter from New York shows up at Gatsby's door, asking if he has anything to say. The reporter has heard rumors about him, and he has done research.  James Gatz of North Dakota changed his name at seventeen when he met his mentor, Dan Cody.

With his vision of the American Dream, Gatsby was led to the Luthern college of St. Olaf in southern Minnesota, where he stayed for two weeks because he hated the janitorial work he had to perform in order to pay his tuition.  He was still seeking his dream when he saw Dan Cody's yacht drop anchor on Lake Superior.

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