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The Great Gatsby Plot Diagram
Updated: 6/26/2018
The Great Gatsby Plot Diagram
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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald captures the ideals of a society obsessed with wealth and status. Set in the 1920s during prohibition, the story is narrated by a young man named Nick Carraway. Nick meets Gatsby, whose real name is James Gatz, at Gatsby's elaborate mansion in West Egg. The area is full of up and coming ‘new money.’ Young, handsome, and fabulously rich, Jay Gatsby appears to have it all, yet he yearns for the one thing that will always be out of his reach, the love of Daisy Buchanan. This absence renders his life of glittering parties and bright decorations empty and desolate.


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The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby Plot Diagram - Great Gatsby Summary

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  • EXPOSITION
  • CONFLICT
  • RISING ACTION
  • Nick Carroway has recently moved east. He visits his rich cousin Daisy, and her husband, ​Tom Buchanan, for dinner.
  • RISING ACTION
  • Nick struggles to retell the events of his life involving a man he admired named Gatsby.​
  • CLIMAX
  • During dinner, Nick learns that Tom is having an affair. Later, Nick is dragged along to the mistress' apartment ​
  • FALLING ACTION / RESOLUTION
  • Nick lives next door to a mysterious man, Jay Gatsby, who he later learns has been in love with Daisy for years. With Nick's help, Gatsby and Daisy are reunited.
  • Daisy attempts to leave Tom for Gatsby. However, while Daisy drives home from the city, she runs over Myrtle, Tom's mistress. ​
  • In the end, Gatsby takes responsibility, and is shot by Myrtle's husband in revenge. Nick is heartbroken, and Daisy moves away as if nothing has happened.​
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