In chapter 5 of The Great Gatsby, why does Gatsby offer to help Nick?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

In Chapter 5 of The Great Gatsby, Gatsby offers to help Nick "pick up a nice bit of money."  Gatsby, who is fabulously and mysteriously wealthy, tells Nick that he has "a little business on the side, a sort of sideline," to which he would like to give Nick...

See
This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Get 48 Hours Free Access

In Chapter 5 of The Great Gatsby, Gatsby offers to help Nick "pick up a nice bit of money."  Gatsby, who is fabulously and mysteriously wealthy, tells Nick that he has "a little business on the side, a sort of sideline," to which he would like to give Nick an opportunity to become involved in.

The reason that Gatsby makes this offer to Nick is quite simple: it is payment "for a service to be rendered."  The service is that Nick has agreed to arrange a meeting between Daisy (Tom's wife) and Gatsby, who had been in love some years before.

Gatsby is, in fact, obsessed about renewing his relationship with Daisy.  He purchased his magnificent house because it sits just across the bay from Daisy's house, and the elaborate parties he hosts are intended to attract Daisy.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team