He’s skilled at getting along with everyone in public, and in private, he judges them in private. Nick may be polite and easy to get along with on the outside, but he’s not afraid to tell it like it is. Nick still seems to see himself as a good Midwestern boy with high standards for everyone he meets, and tries to maintain his standards, even in fast-moving world of the East coast high society. Nick makes the perfect narrator because he is stuck in the middle of Daisy's and Gatsby's worlds. During the course of the novel, Nick gradually gets sucked into the world
After love circles with Gatsby and his cousin Daisy, lastly Jordan and gossip resulting with killings end up discussed over his experience resulting going back east. Through reading the book, it shows how the experience of selfness and World War 1 made the high social optimistic over their lives. It showed how they wanted to forget the past and build themselves back into their social class. Also, by the experience of Daisy and Jordan treatment from the men in the stories allows the reader to see how time still hasn’t changed how relationships work with men. This novel is a great novel to give an example on how reality is to people even the high class.
F Scott FitzGerald presents Nick Carraway as a character and narrator by showing in Nick’s own way that he has come “back from the East last autumn” fed up off his experiences there. This instantly informs the reader that nick as a character played a part in the story that has already taken place and is now narrating this story from memory. Nick is presented throughout the opening chapters as a young man from Minnesota whom after being educated at Yale and fighting the world war one, goes to New York City to learn the bond business. Nick has also rented a house in west egg, a fictional area of long Island that is home to most newly rich rather than east egg which is home to the ‘old money’. Coincidently the house is next door to, “the man who gives his name to this book,” Jay Gatsby and as the chapters go on, we later
“The Great Gatsby” gives us a hint that he had done great deeds in his life or something had happened to him for him to earn this name. Another foreshadowing tool that we see is when Nick returns from East Egg after dinner at Daisy’s house and sees Gatsby because “he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way” towards “a single green light”. This symbol of longing that Gatsby shows is ultimately telling us the reason for his forthcoming downfall. There is also a discussion during the small party in Tom’s apartment in New York about Gatsby. Catherine, Myrtle’s sister, says that “he’s a nephew or a cousin of Kaiser Wilhelm” and claims that that is how he got his fortune.
Nick graduated from Yale and has many connections on East Egg. He goes East Egg to have dinner with his cousin Daisy and her husband, Tom Buchanan, who Nick knew from Yale, they were old classmates. Tom is a powerful figure dressed in riding clothes. Inside, Daisy lounges on a couch with her friend Jordan Baker, who yawns as though bored by her surroundings. Tom tries to interest the others in a book called ‘The Rise of the Coloured Empires’ by a man named Goddard.
The Great Gatsby Book Report Summary: In the summer of 1922, Nick Carraway, a veteran of the Great War and a Yale alumnus, moves from Minnesota to work as a bond salesman in New York. Nick rents a ramshackle house in West Egg for eighty dollars a month next to the home of Jay Gatsby, a wealthy neighbor living in a lavish mansion where he holds many extravagant weekend parties. One night Nick drives to East Egg to have dinner with his cousin, Daisy and her husband Tom Buchanan, a millionaire, and a classmate of Nick’s at Yale. There, he meets Jordan Baker, a beautiful and cynical professional golfer. It is here that Jordan tells Nick that Tom is having an affair with Myrtle Wilson, George Wilson’s wife.
But these lower class patrons are left to “stare at the dismal scene” of the Valley of Ashes, on “waiting trains” demonstrating not only their failure in trying to grasp the American Dream, but the reality in which they can’t escape. Throughout the novel, Nick Carraway details the bellicose and materialistic nature of Tom Buchanan, with his aggressive and possessive mannerisms further exemplified in this passage, as Nick states that Tom’s behaviour “bordered on violence”. As the two head out for lunch in New York, his eagerness is showcased as he “jumped to his feet and, taking hold of [Nick’s] elbow, literally forced [him] from the car”. Such pugnacious behaviour demonstrates the façade of Tom’s personality, this being a representation of the façade of East and Wet Egg, in that, Tom, whilst on
He brings Daisy and Gatsby into disrepute when he confronts them regarding their affair in front of everyone else. His double standard here is very evident because he is happy to unfairly accuse them when he is currently in the midst of having his own affair with his mistress, Myrtle Wilson. He is a very hypocritical man and is not afraid to do anything necessary to remain in control of the situation. Mr Buchanan is also used by Fitzgerald to play the “Brute” character that is present in just about all classic novels (e.g. Roo in “The Summer of The Seventeenth Doll.”) Fitzgerald makes it very clear to us that Tom is “A hulking man” by how the other characters in the book refer to him.
He claims that he comes from respected people in the Midwest, was an “Oxford’s man”, and a war hero. He also changes his name from James Gatz to Jay Gatsby. Instead of being proud of his humble beginnings, he masks the truth and lies to make him seem more impressive and to create a sense of identity and self-worth; all of which are mainly to win back Daisy’s love. Gatsby dreams of his old memories with Daisy and
Write some of the ways Fitzgerald tells the story in Chapter One Chapter one begins with Nick, our narrator, talking about his upbringing. He talks of his strong relationship with his father and how he taught him to reserve judgement about other people, because if he holds them up to his own moral standards, he will misunderstand them. On the first page of the chapter it is clear that the story has already happened, his first paragraph includes words like “When I came back...” and “last autumn...” suggesting events from the past. Also in these first few words we gain an understanding into the ideas he has and a judgement into the past. When he came back he says “...I wanted the world to be in uniform and at a sort of moral attention for ever” This suggests that he experienced immoral behaviour and wants change.