What is the main conflict in The Great Gatsby?

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The primary conflict of Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby concerns Jay Gatsby's struggle to rekindle a relationship with Daisy and win her heart. Gatsby is the protagonist of the story and Tom Buchanan is the antagonist; he is married to Daisy and portrayed as an arrogant, hostile man.

The battle for Daisy's heart between Gatsby and Tom is considered a man vs. man conflict. Jay Gatsby ends up amassing his wealth in the criminal underworld as a successful bootlegger, completely fabricates the persona of an affluent aristocrat, and purchases a mansion in the West Egg, which is directly across the bay from the Buchanan estate. Initially, Gatsby is able to carry on an affair with Daisy until her husband finds out that she is cheating on him. Tom Buchanan proceeds to investigate Jay Gatsby and discovers that he is a bootlegger, who works for the shady Meyer Wolfsheim.

In chapter seven, Tom finally confronts Gatsby and reveals his criminal past. Once Daisy learns that Gatsby is a bootlegger,...

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