F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Character Analysis of Daisy, Gatsby, and Nick in The Great Gatsby

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Nick Carraway shows many important values throughout the novel, one of them portraying friendship. Nick is a very loyal and trustworthy friend in this novel. Nick Carraway is Jay Gatsby’s closest and only companion. Nick said, “I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby’s house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited—they went there” (Fitzgerald 45). Gatsby did not have friends that appreciated him enough to comprehend his inner being (Fitzgerald 45). When Gatsby grinned, Nick Carraway could instantly feel comforted and sympathized the way a real friend should feel. According to Gilbey, “But with the sound of Nick's description of that smile: ‘It seemed to understand and believe in you just as you wanted to be understood and believed in’” (Gilbey). Nick Carraway held several unspoken and interesting conversations with Gatsby (Vancheri). Jay Gatsby displayed his feelings and experiences from his past to Nick Carraway. Gatsby can trust Nick with his emotional memories towards Daisy. Jay Gatsby explained his real background to Nick wanting him to overlook all the rumors and lies people have babbled about (“Great”, Scott). According to Schreier, “Nick understands Gatsby's love for Daisy as ‘the following of a grail’” (Schreier). Gatsby tells Nick of the ends and outs of his emotions and passion towards Daisy in hopes that he will apprehend. Nick, from the beginning, pays attention to the difficulties the complicated couple both encounter. Nick Carraway attempts to reassure and relieve Gatsby and Daisy from their distant and long-lost relationship (Schreier). Nick said, “’They’re a rotten crowd. You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together. I’ve always been glad I said that. It ... ... middle of paper ... ... from Gale. Web. 14 Jan. 2014. Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. Adobe Reader. PDF. Gilbey, Ryan. "Strictly surface." New Statesman [1996] 17 May 2013: 50. Literature Resources from Gale. Web. 14 Jan. 2014. "The Great Gatsby." F. Scott Fitzgerald. Kenneth E. Eble. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1977. 86- 107. Twayne's United States Authors Series 36. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 24 Jan. 2014. Schreier, Benjamin. "Desire's Second Act: 'Race' and The Great Gatsby's Cynical Americanism." Twentieth Century Literature 53.2 (Summer 2007): 153-181. Rpt. in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. Ed. Kathy D. Darrow. Vol. 280. Detroit: Gale, 2013. Literature Resources from Gale. Web. 14 Jan. 2014. Vancheri, Barbara. "Movie review: Baz Luhrmann presents big, bold version of 'Gatsby'." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA) 10 May 2013: Newspaper Source. Web. 24 Mar. 2014.
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