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What uncertainties did Gatsby have in his past in The Great Gatsby?

In The Great Gatsby, Gatsby's life is filled with uncertainties. He is born to poor farmers and works to support himself from a young age. He is unable to lay roots and bounces from job to job before enlisting in the army. The woman he loves marries another man, and he becomes determined to win her back by acquiring a large fortune. He succeeds, but because his source of income is unsteady, Daisy chooses to remain with her wealthy husband.

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In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby's life is filled with uncertainties. Born James Gatz to "shiftless and unsuccessful farm people," Gatsby grows up poor and has to make his own fortune. He works odd jobs, willing to do anything that keeps him fed and sheltered. As a young man working to support himself with little to no parental influence, Gatsby's situation and future are uncertain. He does not have the luxury of a rich family to ensure his well-being and lives day-to-day in a struggle for survival.

He later works as a janitor to pay for a college education, but he abandons this plan after only two weeks. He is not on any particular path in life when he meets a wealthy copper merchant named Dan Cody . In Gatsby's eyes, Cody's yacht symbolizes "all the beauty and glamour in the...

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