Gatsby is Trimalchio personified. Trimalchio is a character in the 1st century AD Roman work of fiction Satyricon by Petronius. They are both men from modest backgrounds, who through hard work and perseverance obtain power, wealth, and respect.
Trimalchio was an original working title for The Great Gatsby.
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