In Chapter 4 of "The Great Gatsby", why does Gatsby tell Nick his life story?

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Gatsby is in love with Daisy, Nick's cousin.  He and Daisy once had a relationship, but they have not seen each other in 5 years.  Gatsby has moved to Long Island in order to meet her again, but has not managed to.  The big parties he has thrown have not brought her to the house like he hoped they would.  So, Gatsby has formulated a plan, with the help of Jordan, to have Nick bring Daisy and he together. 

In order to this, however, he must feel that he should be on friendly terms with Nick.  After all, it is a large favor he is asking.  Therefore, he gives Nick details about his life that no one else in the area has been privy to.  The show of trust is to make Nick understand him and feel friendly towards him, making Nick more likely to agree to the plan. 

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