The Great Gatsby

Gatsby and Nick in chapter 4

What does gatsby tell nick about himself? Is any of this true?

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Gatsby gives Nick a rather absurd rundown of his past.Indeed, his story improbable at best. Though he claims to descend from a prominent Midwestern family, when Nick asks him which Midwestern city he comes from, Gatsby hesitates, then says "San Francisco." He rattles off an absurdly long list of accomplishments: he claims to have studied at Oxford and lived in all of the capitals of Europe; then he enlisted in the war effort, where he was rapidly promoted to major and decorated by every Allied government, including Montenegro. He pulls out a photograph of himself in Oxford cricket whites, as well as a medal awarded by the government of Montenegro, in order to corroborate his story.