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by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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In The Great Gatsby, what does Jay Gatsby look like?

Jay Gatsby is a young man of about thirty years of age. He is described, overall, as attractive and a roughneck. However, what really impresses Nick is Gatsby's flamboyant yet charismatic personality, which makes people feel special in his presence. He is an enigmatic man who piques Nick's curiosity.

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We get a description of Gatsby in chapter 3. Keep in mind that Nick, who is the narrator, has heard about this amazing guy, Gatsby, but has no clue who he is. He has also seen all the pomp and circumstance that surrounds this man, so it is hard for Nick to even imagine what Gatsby would look like.

While Nick is acquainted with most of the rich people from the Eggs, none of the people he knows are as flamboyant or excessive when it comes to entertainment. Hence, this Gatsby guy would have been a total enigma for him.

For this reason, he doesn't realize that the man "about his same age" that is sitting near him is actually Gatsby himself. Once identified, Nick takes a closer look and provides us with a more detailed description.

He first describes Gatsby's smile as "rare" and

with a quality of eternal reassurance in it.

Nick emphasizes on how odd it would be to know anyone in his society, or in life in...

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