Something in his leisurely movements and the secure position of his feet upon the lawn suggested that it was Mr. Gatsby himself, come out to determine what share was his of our local heavens.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby. Chapter 1. The first time we see Gatsby himself is when Nick observes him at night, standing on his wide lawn, with arms outstretched to the sea. His depiction is of an almost god-like, religious figure, full of confidence and a sense of entitlement.