Examples Of Indirect Characterization In The Great Gatsby

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Indirect characterization is a big part of the Great Gatsby because of how many different ways the characters and the story have been analyzed. When F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote the Great Gatsby in 1925 he most likely did not think it was going to be analyzed so thoroughly, so people tend to see things a bit different. There is a significant difference between how the characters are when they are first introduced and how they are at the end; Jay Gatsby, the protagonist of the story, being a prime example. Jay Gatsby is meant to portray the ‘American dream” but through the indirect characterization in the novel we see Gatsby for who he was originally supposed to be, a lying, secretive man who has his head stuck in the past. There are many reasons …show more content…

Though the story is told from Nick’s point of view, the reader gets many perspectives of Gatsby from different characters. One can see from characters like Jordan Baker -Nick’s girlfriend through the majority of the novel, or Tom- the husband of Nick’s cousin Daisy; that Gatsby is not as good as everyone where to think. Based on how these characters act and feel about Mr. Gatsby it is evident that they dislike him to some extent, showing a bit more of a flawed human side of him. Tom is quoted saying “I picked him for a bootlegger the first time I saw him, and I wasn't far wrong.” about Gatsby depicting Tom’s harsh feelings towards him and showing the reader Tom’s negative feelings about Gatsby. Because the story is told from Nick’s point of view, Gatsby is still painted as this mysterious man because Nick is a bit curious of him and does not know Gatsby in the beginning. ‘"They're a rotten crowd," I shouted across the lawn. "You're worth the whole damn bunch put together."’ Nick says to Gatsby, showing that he thinks he is worth more than Daisy, Tom, or the other characters. With this quote one can infer that Nick holds Gatsby on a bit of a high platform than the other characters, giving the reader Nick’s indirect characterization of

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