The Mystery That Was Jay Gatsby

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The Mystery that was Jay Gatsby
“I carry on a little business on the side, a sort of sideline, you understand” (Fitzgerald 87). In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this is the closest Jay Gatsby comes to revealing how he actually made his fortune. And even here, he doesn’t reveal much, but Nick Carraway assumes it’s something illegal when Gatsby goes on to say, “It happens to be a rather confidential sort of thing” (Fitzgerald 88). Gatsby is a mysterious man. Because he is evasive and even untruthful about his life and wealth, everyone around Gatsby makes up their own stories about him. Gatsby’s background is so unfathomable, it is speculated that he acquired his money by playing a part in illegal activities including fixing the 1919 World Series and Prohibition.
Jay Gatsby’s is a rags-to-riches story that on the surface appears to be the fulfillment of the American Dream. Born James Gatz, he comes from the Midwest, specifically North Dakota. His parents were unsuccessful farmers. He was determined to be leave poverty behind. He first became the personal assistant of Dan Cody, who he happened to meet on Lake Superior. Cody gave him his first taste of wealth, and he liked it. They traveled around the world three times and stayed together for five years. After Cody died, Gatsby went into the military. It was during that time that he met Daisy Buchanan, a rich socialite. He fell in love with her, but because he was not wealthy, Daisy’s family did not approve of their
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