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Jay Gatsby is in most ways the main character in this book.  Everything really revolves around him in the book.

He is a man who was born poor in the Midwest.  He got a taste of being rich when he signed on with a rich man whose yacht he saw out on a lake.

He was not able to get rich himself at first.  Being poor made him unable to get Daisy to marry him.

He then made himself rich through illegal means as a way to try to win Daisy.  He moves to Long Island in hopes of seeing her again. This book shows what his life is like now that he is rich.  And it shows what happens when he finally meets up with Daisy again.