Though he did attend St Olaf's, a small college in Minnesota, he dropped out after two weeks, as he could not bear working as a janitor in order to pay his tuition. Although money is a large part of the American dream, through Gatsby one sees that just having money isn't enough. All of his dreams will come true. Nick begins the chapter by describing an incident in which a reporter showed up at Gatsby's door, asking for a comment - he didn't suggest that there was an issue that Gatsby should comment on; the reported only wanted to get some, or any, information. Nick leaves them alone for half an hour. As a result, Nick decides to go over and check on Gatsby one Sunday afternoon. He had his named legally changed to Jay Gatsby at the age of seventeen.
It is this recreation that he believes will make him happy. A few days later he took him to Duluth and bought him a blue coat, six pair of white duck trousers, and a yachting cap. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end. Gatsby's dreams of self-improvement were only intensified by his relationship with Dan Cody, a man whom he met while working as a fisherman on Lake Superior. Gatsby, ever the good host, receives them warmly, although he knows full well that Tom is Daisy's husband. Though Gatsby loves this quality in Daisy, it is precisely because she is an aristocrat that she cannot possibly fulfill his dreams.
. When Cody died Gatsby was supposed to get a large portion of his fortune but was tricked out of it. He warns Cody that he might have sailing troubles. In the novel, Gatsby possesses countless cars, one of them being the Rolls-Royce. By God, I may be old-fashioned in my ideas, but women run around too much these days to suit me. It occurred to me that he had been very slowly bending toward her all evening to attain this proximity, and even while I watched I saw him stoop one ultimate degree and kiss at her cheek.
With vast wealth and no purpose, he became a drifter, drinker, and womanizer, sometimes prone to violence. Like so many who sought and achieved the American Dream during the Roaring Twenties, Gatsby is a self-made man. It was dark here in front; only the bright door sent ten square feet of light volleying out into the soft black morning. He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. For over a year he had been beating his way along the south shore of Lake Superior as a clam-digger and a salmon-fisher or in any other capacity that brought him food and bed. To the young Gatz, resting on his oars and looking up at the railed deck, the yacht represented all the beauty and glamour in the world.
While walking the shoreline he spotted a yacht owned by the wealthy Dan Cody. Now, for the first time, she's in attendance with Tom, no less , so the party's purpose must necessarily change. Nick notes that newspaper reporters soon started to appear at Gatsby's home to try to interview him. They say they can't stay, but invite Gatsby to dinner. Obviously, people change and life's circumstances change. The following Saturday night, Tom and Daisy arrive at one of Gatsby's parties.
He had his named legally changed to Jay Gatsby at the age of seventeen. The Great Gatsby: Chapter 6 By: Kelsey, Justin and Hayden Setting Plot Developments In chapter 6 Four of the most significant plots that are developed are: - Tom Buchanan decides to try and find out who Gatsby really is. Another small conflict is Gatsby thinks he can re-create the past and Nick tries explaining he cant just re-create the past. After all, he had willed Jay Gatsby into existence, why couldn't he will Daisy to be with him. Sloane, with whom he has been out riding. In changing his name from James Gatz to Jay Gatsby, he attempts to remake himself on his own terms; Gatsby wishes to be reborn as the aristocrat he feels himself to be. To be polite, they invite Gatsby to dine with them, and he accepts, not realizing the insincerity of the invitation.
It is worth pointing out, too, that there is little growth on Gatsby's part from the time he is seventeen until his death. He must continually return to the past, revising it and modifying it until it takes on epic qualities which, sadly, can never be realized in the everyday world. The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. The party strikes Nick as particularly unpleasant. As a young man, he figures glitz and bling are true symbols of wealth.
Ever so subtly, Fitzgerald presents, in effect, an exposé. His life had been confused and disordered since then, but if he could once return to a certain starting place and go over it all slowly, he could find out what that thing was. Cody took Gatsby in and made the young man his personal assistant. A universe of ineffable gaudiness spun itself out in his brain while the clock ticked on the wash-stand and the moon soaked with wet light his tangled clothes upon the floor. For a few weeks, Nick doesn't see Gatsby. Gatsby, distraught, protests that he can.