Great Gatsby Character Analysis

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The vibrant and tragic characters of The Great Gatsby heavily drive the themes and plot. Though drastically differing in traits, the characters all have a similar quality: complexity. Development of characters throughout the novel in turn heavily contribute to the themes, tones, and overall meaning of the novel through use of deliberate revelation of character detail and trait-specific diction. Nick Carraway, the narrator, is developed through simple syntactical structures and minimally provocative choices of diction in order to maintain a persona characterized by caution, honesty, responsibility, and positivity. His responsibility is characterized by his aversion to misbehavior (page 29) and affinity for trustworthiness (page 1). His humble character is also developed by his own simple descriptions of his life, his possessions, and himself. He even refers to his home as an eyesore (page 5). This humility contributes to his trustworthy image. His levelheadedness also juxtaposes with the frivolity of his wealthy cousins and neighbors thus developing a contrast in which Fitzgerald deliberately criticizes the lunacy and wastefulness of the 1920s upper class. Furthermore, Nick never complains about his own life but endures the constant complaining from the wealthy about their own lives which develops Nick's trustworthiness and the contrast between the wealthy and middle class. Daisy lives constantly in a state of ever changing emotions and ideals. With very contradictory behavior, she intimidates those not close to her in an effort to conceal her destructiveness, detail not readily shared with those around and gradually revealed to the reader in order to develop the character. The only excuse for her concealed cruelty is that she did not know any better as a fool which she shares in the beginning by wanting her daughter to be a fool. Determined by her
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