What is a short summary of "The Great Gatsby"?


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"The Great Gatsby" tells the story of a millionaire named Jay Gatsby. Gatsby is in love with Daisy, who is already married, and they begin an affair. While driving Gatsby's car, Daisy hits and kills a woman. Gatsby takes the blame, only to be shot by the woman's husband.

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"The Great Gatsby" is narrated by Nick Carraway, a recent Yale graduate, who moves to New York and lives next door to Gatsby, an affluent man who lives a frivolous and extravagant lifestyle. At a party, Nick finds out that Gatsby is in love with Nick's cousin, Daisy, and Nick sets up a meeting between the two.

When Daisy accidentally hits and kills a woman, Gatsby's love persuades him to say he was driving the car so that he could protect Daisy and her reputation. The woman's husband finds out it was Gatsby's car that killed his wife, goes to Gatsby's house and kills him.

"The Great Gatsby" was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and is considered an American classic. It not only gives an accurate depiction of the lifestyle of the wealthy during the 1920s, but it challenges the values of the American dream. Fitzgerald's novel questions the idea that money, prosperity and popularity are all one needs to be happy.

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