Great Gatsby Timeline
Timeline Description: The Great Gatsby, by author F. Scott Fitzgerald, was published in 1925. It tells the story of Jay Gatsby. The following timeline provides a context of events in the novel, rather than events surrounding the creation of the novel.

Date Event
1892 James Gatz Was Born

James Gatz, later Jay Gatsby, was born in North Dakota.
1910 Gatz Became Gatsby

In 1910, James Gatz became Jay Gatsby. He briefly attended college, then travelled, working on Dan Cody's yacht. After Cody's death, Gatsby expected, but did not get an inheritance.
1915 Nick Carraway Graduated from Yale, Went to War

In 1915, the character Nick Carraway graduated from Yale University and went to fight in World War I. After the war, Nick returned to the Midwest.
1917 Gatsby Met Daisy and Went to War(1917 to 1918)

In 1917 and 1918, Jay Gatsby met Daisy Fay and fell in love. He went to serve in World War I, receiving medals for his service in the war.
1919 Daisy Fay Married Tom Buchanan

In 1919, Daisy married Tom Buchanan. The couple moved to Chicago, and later to Long Island, New York. During this time, Tom had an affair with the chambermaid.
1922 Nick Moved to Long Island

Nick moved to West Egg, Long Island. The Buchanans, Daisy and Tom, as well as Jay Gatsby were already in residence in West Egg. Nick already knew the Buchanans, as Daisy was his cousin. By the time, Tom was having an affair with Myrtle.
1922 Gatsby Met Daisy

After Nick and Gatsby met, Gatsby and Daisy were reunited at Nick's home. Nick had already heard about Gatsby and Daisy's past. Gatsby and Daisy go on to begin an affair.
1922 Daisy Returned to Tom

After some time with Gatsby, Daisy returned to Tom. Gatsby was heartbroken, but the reunion was brief.
1922 Daisy Hit Myrtle with Gatsby's Car

Daisy returned to Gatsby, and was driving back to Gatsby's home in his yellow Rolls Royce. While driving, she hit Tom's mistress, Myrtle. Myrtle's husband, George Wilson, believed that Gatsby was responsible.
1922 Daisy Reunited with Tom

Daisy and Tom reconcile for the last time. Gatsby is left alone.
1922 Gatsby Was Shot by George Wilson(Fall 1922)

George Wilson, believing Gatsby to have struck and killed his wife, shot Gatsby. After shooting and killing Gatsby, George killed himself.
1922 Gatsby's Funeral(Late Fall 1922)

Nick Carraway organized Gatsby's funeral, but was unable to find Gatsby's friends to attend the funeral. Gatsby's father and Nick attended the funeral, with only a few other people. Nick returned to the Midwest.






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