Fitzgerald begins his story, by creating a character in Nick that we almost assume is going to be the main character of the story. We get his background and we meet his cousin Daisy and her husband Tom. We find Nick making decisions and judgments that any protagonist would make at the beginning of a story. At the end of the chapter, however, Nick goes home and sees Gatsby at the end of his dock. We don't know yet that Nick is really the narrator of the story, but Fitzgerald uses this first chapter to help us get to know our narrator.