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The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Professor Tony Bowers from the College of DuPage explains the main characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby.

The Great Gatsby | Characters

Character Description
Jay Gatsby Jay Gatsby is an affluent businessman who uses his mysterious wealth to throw extravagant parties. Read More
Nick Carraway Nick Carraway is the novel's insightful, kind narrator who is not overly concerned with wealth. Read More
Daisy Buchanan Daisy Buchanan is a beautiful, superficial socialite who is courted by many men, including Gatsby. Read More
Tom Buchanan Tom Buchanan is an arrogant, wealthy bully who lives an immoral, abusive life. Read More
George Wilson George Wilson is a gas station owner content to be part of the lower class. Read More
Myrtle Wilson Myrtle Wilson is a lower-class woman who experiences the elite life through her affair with Tom. Read More
Jordan Baker Jordan Baker is a beautiful professional golfer who is somewhat dishonest. Read More
Pammy Buchanan Pammy is the young daughter of Daisy and Tom Buchanan.
Mr. Carraway Mr. Carraway, whose first name is not provided, is Nick's father; he gives Nick sage advice about how to treat people.
Catherine Catherine is identified by first name only. She is Myrtle's sister and knows of the affair between Myrtle and Gatsby.
Dan Cody Dan is a mentor to James Gatz, later known as Jay Gatsby.
Henry Gatz Henry is the father of Jay Gatsby.
Ewing Klipspringer Ewing is Gatsby's frequent guest who leeches off the rich man's wealth.
Chester McKee Chester is a photographer who, with his wife, Lucille, lives in the New York apartment below the apartment rented by Tom Buchanan.
Lucille McKee Lucille and her husband, Chester, are downstairs neighbors to Tom Buchanan in the New York apartment building.
Michaelis Michaelis, who is identified by first name only, is George's kind neighbor who tries to comfort George after Myrtle is killed.
Meyer Wolfsheim Meyer is Gatsby's unscrupulous business partner; a member of the mob.
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