The Great Gatsby Analytical essay

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Justin Miles 11-I 29-10-08 2 page analytical essay Nick Carraway begins the book by talking about himself. He says that he is tolerant to a lot of things and has a tendency to reserve judgment. Carraway comes from a prominent Midwestern family and graduated from Yale, so, he’s afraid to be misunderstood by people who have not experienced the same advantages. He attempts to understand people on their own terms, rather than holding them up to his own personal standards. Nick fought in World War I, after the war, he went through a period of restlessness. He eventually decided to go to New York City, in order to learn the bond business. In the summer of 1922, Carraway has just arrived in New York and is living in a part of Long Island known as West Egg. West Egg is home to the people of new riches, East Egg is home to the insular, narrow-minded people of the old aristocracy. Nick's house is next door to Gatsby's enormous, Gothic mansion. One night, he attends a dinner party in East Egg; the party is given by Tom Buchanan and his wife, Daisy. Daisy is Nick's cousin, while Tom was Nick's classmate at Yale. Tom comes from a wealthy, established family, and was a great football player while at Yale. A friend of Daisy's is also there. Daisy’s friend, Jordan Baker, makes her living as a professional golfer. She has a frigid, boyish beauty and affects an air of extreme boredom. Nick did a big part of the conversation at the dinner, he wants to bring forward ideas he has found in a book called "The Rise of the Colored Empires." This book espouses racist and white supremacist ideas, to which Nick wholeheartedly subscribes. When Nick suddenly leaves to take a phone call, Daisy declares that she has become terribly cynical and complicated since she and Nick last met. When Nick goes home, he sees a handsome young man, Jay Gatsby, standing on his wide lawn, with his arms

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