He had changed it at the age of seventeen and at the specific moment that witnessed the beginning of his career — when he saw Dan Cody’s yacht drop anchor over the most insidious flat on Lake Superior.

from F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby (Chapter VI) on Rap Genius


As Nick mentioned earlier, James Gatz was from North Dakota.

This moment is a turning point for Gatz. He changes his name and undergoes a rebirth into the character who readers have gotten to know up until this point in the novel, Jay Gatsby.

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