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Why does Nick agree to arrange a meeting between Daisy and Gatsby in The Great Gatsby?

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Posted May 22, 2013 at 1:04 AM via iOS

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Why does Nick agree to arrange a meeting between Daisy and Gatsby in The Great Gatsby?

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 22, 2013 at 2:09 AM (Answer #1)

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By the time Nick agrees to help Gatsby meet Daisy, Nick has unintentionally learned quite a bit about the two of them as separate individuals. Nick has become painfully aware of the bad marriage between his cousin Daisy and Tom. Nick has observed the friendship between Daisy and Jordan Baker, and shared time at one of Gatsby's parties with Jordan.

All the pieces come together when Gatsby realizes that Nick is related to Daisy. After confirming that relationship through conversation with Jordan, Gatsby convinces Jordan that she must ask Nick to invite Daisy to visit so that Nick's next-door neighbor can "happen" to drop by while she is visiting.

He wants her to see his house...And your house is right next door...I think he half expected her to wander into one of his parties, some night...you should have heard the elaborate way he worked up to it...And Daisy ought to have something in her life.

Nick agrees to host the meeting because he doesn't like to judge people and because he does want to help his cousin and his neighbor.

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