The story is narrated by Nick Carraway, Gatsby’s neighbor and a friend. Gatsby claimed his origin to be from San Francisco, where his wealthy family resided and he was educated at Oxford after the Great War which he participated. Later Nick learns of the truth about Gatsby, “Gatsby was like the son of God”, born James Gatz but later changed it on his seventeenth birthday. He was a son of a poor farmer.
Dan Cody becomes the mentor of Gatsby and from him he is introduced to power, privileged of being wealthy. Even with his friendship he never inherits anything from Dan Cody, but he acquires how to live and behave like a wealthy gentleman even without the actual wealth.
Six degrees of separation tell a story of a young gay hustler determined to swindle the affluent class of the privileged Upper East Side families. He uses his ability to acquire characters of different personas to impose as a son of an influential actor and a friend of the Kittredge’s children. He claims he is the son of the influential actor Sidney Poitier and uses this con to get into the lives of Ouisa and Flan Kittredge. “He desired to be like us” (Guare 31). He is eventually arrested; Paul laments “I will be treated with special care if you took me to police” (Guare 38). His arrest is due to his actions of bringing a male prostitute to Kittredge’s home.