If it was not for Dan Cody, James Gatsby would have never strived to become wealthy and successful. While Gatsby was fishing for salmon and searching for clams on his job at Lake Superior, he came across a yacht out on the water and felt the need to warn him about an incoming storm that was headed there way. Gatsby hopped on a row boat to give him the message. Dan Cody was a wealthy copper business man. Dan Cody was very thankful of Gatsby and gave him the nickname “jay” Gatsby. Dan hired Gatsby to be his personal assistant. They would travel the sea from the Barbary Coast to the West Indies. Throughout all the adventures they had, Gatsby fell in love with the wealth and luxurious life. Even though Gatsby was a bootlegger, Gatsby knew the health dangers of being drunk all the time and never became a heavy drinker. Gatsby watched Dan Cody drink constantly and it was as if Gatsby became Dan Cody’s care giver when he was too wasted to take care of himself. When Dan Cody died, he left Gatsby with 25,000 dollars, but due to Dan Cody’s mistress she was able to prevent Gatsby from having one cent of it. Because of Dan Cody, Gatsby dedicated to himself he would become a wealthy and successful man.