The Great Gatsby - Character Descriptions

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The Great Gatsby

Character Profiles

Descriptions, quotes, and qualities of the major characters of The Great Gatsby.

Character
Descriptive Phrase
Memorable Quote
Best Quality
Worst Quality
Nick Carrway Narrator "I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known."
Honest
Sometimes too easy-going
Daisy Buchanan "Her face sad and lovely with bright eyes and a bright passionate mouth..." "... that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool."
Voice
Inability to make up her mind
Tom Buchanan "..he was a studry, straw haired man of thirty with a rather hard mouth and a supercilious manner, two shining, arrogant eyes had established dominance over his face and gave him the appearance of always leaning aggressively forward." "I suppose the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr. Nobody from Nowhere make love to your wife. Well, if that's the idea you can count me out..."
Sometimes he cares for Daisy
Abusive, adulterer
Jay Gatsby "...an elegan young rouchneck, a year or two over thirty, whose elaborate formality of speech just mussed being absurd." "Can't repeat the past? Why of course you can!"
Earnest
Bootlegger
Jordan Baker "She was a slender, small-breasted girl with an erect cairrage which she accentuated by throwing her body backward at the shoulders like a young cadet." "It takes two people to make an accident."
Beautiful
Dishonest
Myrtle Wilson "She was in the middle thirties and faintly stout, but she carried the surplus flesh sensuously as some women can. "I can say the name if I very well like to! Daisy, Daisy, Daisy!"
Full of life and energy

Plays George as a fool, adulterer

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