Gatsby Essay

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The Great Gatsby Essay In the novel, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nick Carraway, the narrator, recently moved from the Midwest to New York to start his career in the bond business. Nick’s cousin, Daisy Buchanan, lives in the aristocratic neighborhood of East Egg with her husband Tom Buchanan. Tom is cheating on Daisy with George Wilson’s wife, Myrtle Wilson. Nick’s neighbor is Jay Gatsby, a man who almost married Daisy but decided to leave her to enlist in the war. Since Daisy was so desperate to get married, she married Tom instead of waiting for Gatsby. Gatsby and Daisy have an affair and Tom becomes suspicious. Daisy gets mad, saying that she will leave Tom for Gatsby, but when she finds out that Gatsby gets all his money from illegal activity, she refuses to leave Tom. One day while Daisy is driving home, she accidently hits Myrtle Wilson, killing her. Mr. Wilson thinks that Gatsby hit Myrtle, so he goes to Gatsby’s house, shoots him, and then shoots himself. No one shows up for Gatsby’s funeral except for Nick and Gatsby’s father. Of the two main characters, Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby, Nick is more admirable than Gatsby because he has a high set of morals and ethics. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, the characters Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby are both dreamers and are determined to achieve their dreams but they contrast in that Nick Carraway is a simple Midwestern man who is honest, while Jay Gatsby is a flamboyant party host who is dishonest. Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby are both dreamers. Nick’s dream is to find his identity and purpose while still remaining true to himself. He says, “I felt that I wanted the world to be in uniform and at a sort of moral attention forever; I wanted no more riotous excursions with privileged glimpses into the human heart” (2). This shows Nick’s perspective on reality and the purpose he holds in

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