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Timeline of Events

  • 1910

    At age 19 Jimmy Gatz meets Dan Cody and changes his name to Jay Gatsby.

    Chapter 6
  • October 1917

    Gatsby falls in love with Daisy before shipping out during World War I.

    Chapter 4
  • June 1919

    Daisy stops waiting for Gatsby and marries Tom Buchanan.

    Chapter 4
  • Spring 1922

    Nick moves to West Egg and is reunited with Daisy.

    Chapter 1
  • Summer 1922

    Nick attends Gatsby's party and the two become fast friends.

    Chapter 4
  • Summer 1922

    The romance between Gatsby and Daisy grows while Tom becomes suspicious.

    Chapter 7
  • Fall 1922

    Daisy chooses Tom over Gatsby; later that night, Myrtle is run over.

    Chapter 7
  • Fall 1922

    Gatsby is shot dead.

    Chapter 8
  • Fall 1922

    Almost no one attends Gatsby's funeral.

    Chapter 9
  • Fall 1922

    Nick moves back to the Midwest.

    Chapter 9
  • Spring 1924

    Looking back over the events "two years ago," Nick narrates the story.

    Chapter 1

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Chapter 1 Twenty-nine-year-old Nick Carraway reflects on the experiences of his recent past. After graduating from Yale and servin... Read More
Chapter 2 Chapter 2 opens with a description of the "valley of ashes," a dismal location between the Eggs and New York City. The v... Read More
Chapter 3 Jay Gatsby is well known throughout town for his lavish weekly parties. One week, Nick Carraway is surprised to receive ... Read More
Chapter 4 Throughout the summer Nick Carraway continues to attend Jay Gatsby's parties and notices that some guests attend a Gatsb... Read More
Chapter 5 Upon returning home late one evening, Nick Carraway is surprised to find Jay Gatsby nervously waiting for him. It's clea... Read More
Chapter 6 A reporter approaches Jay Gatsby's house hoping to question him about his past and to resolve the various rumors that ha... Read More
Chapter 7 The relationships between Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, and Tom Buchanan reach a breaking point in Chapter 7. To protect D... Read More
Chapter 8 The morning after the accident, Nick Carraway visits Jay Gatsby and tries to encourage him to leave West Egg for a while... Read More
Chapter 9 The day of Jay Gatsby's death descends into a stream of gossipy police, reporters, photographers, and rubberneckers gazi... Read More
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