In the beginning of the novel, Nick Carraway finds himself injected into the lives of Jay Gatsby, and Daisy and Tom Buchanan. As Nick becomes familiar with the company of the Buchanans and Gatsby, he goes against his principles. Early on, Nick tells us that he is “one of the few honest people that I have ever known” (Fitzgerald 170). He may be the most ethical character, but by implying that his story is truly objective is incorrect. Nick comes into their lives as a naïve visitor from the West and leaves with contempt for the people he once called his frien... ... middle of paper ... ...olved character and is not completely neutral, but at the same time this makes him the most ideal narrator.
Although Nick is unsure about how Gatsby got most of his riches. Nick qu... ... middle of paper ... ...lf “one of the most honest people I[he] have[has] ever known”, being honest of course (59). Although this over honesty could make him a bad narrator, he is better than a narrator that lies. Most of the time nick is a reliable narrator who tells the truth, especially when it comes to Gatsby. His thoughts about Gatsby’s character are very just, because he is suspicious about the same things that regular people would be.
Advantages of being rich are far more than its disadvantag... ... middle of paper ... ...e those fantasies in depth and live either the rich or the famous life style with both its positives and negatives, some people might change their minds about being rich or famous or even both. They would rather choose to have a normal lifestyle but be in touch with their loved ones and live a less stressful life where they don’t have to put media and the public’s interest before their own. As discussed previously, there are many differences in the defining a rich person and a famous person. The main difference would be that being rich is having lots of money, and being famous is being well known to the public. Being famous comes with many rewards and minuses which do cause a stressful lifestyle as a result.
Throughout the novel we find that Gatsby is a very resourceful character, he only allows certain aspects of himself... ... middle of paper ... ...g. If Jay had been more courageous and not been so determined to hide behind the walls of his wealth, it is definitely possible that his life could have gone a very different and debate-ably more pleasurable path. Regardless of their intentions after analyzing both characters it is clear to me that Jay Gatsby was a coward, who merely refused to overpower his fear to get what he wanted. Instead he attempted to rely on wealth to buy his happiness and love, when in actuality he received nothing but was the recipient of a surplus of greed. Nick Caraway was a regular man who wanted to make his mark on the world, he wanted to do something that was worth something. He wanted to be someone important.
Okonkwo and Tom 's high ranking in their society, reveals the cultural value of status which causes them to be careless. In The Great Gatsby’ social status is an immensely significant part as it separates geographical locations in the novel but above all, portrays the mentality of citizens belonging to different social class. The characters in the novel are separated by the money that they have and where they work or live. East Egg reflects a higher class society where the people are filthy rich, the author refer to them as “old money”. The people in East Egg are usually well educated and they have some sort of hatred towards the “new money”, which is known as West Egg.
According to the book the majority of these millionaires portray characteristics of being sacrificial, disciplined, persistent and frugal. In the book it states, “Being frugal is the cornerstone of wealth-building. Yet far too often th... ... middle of paper ... ...illionaire Next Door is insightful guide and story of how to reach your goals of becoming a millionaire. Through real life examples, these stories persuade us to walk the path of financial independence. American’s live lavishly and take vast amounts of debt; we have the illusion of these individuals possessing great wealth.
Jay Gatsby was a poor boy of obscure origins who rose to great wealth and prestige. He came towards wealth pretty quickly, so he continued to fulfill his American Dream by purchasing the finest and most expensive items. The illusion of having a wealthy life seemed perfect, but in reality it was based on lies, cheat, and murder. Dynamic changes impaced the development of America. “Americans were also able to buy vast quantities of mass-produced glassware, jewelery, clothing, household items, and durable goods, which blurred the distinctions between rich and poor.” The clash between “new money” versus “old money” develops a symbolistic correlation between the East egg and the West egg.
Nick says that Gatsby, ?represented everything for which I had an unaffected scorn? (6). However, he is able to see through this dislike of Gatsby?s character to tell him, ?you?re worth the whole damn bunch put together? (162). In other words, Gatsby possessed the qualities of a great individual, but his reliance on material objects to show his love and his corrupt ideology prevent him from reaching his full potential as an honorable character in the work.
He strives at all times to be objective, his comments are balanced, as he says just in the first page of the book–‘ I’m inclined to reserve all judgements’. His objectivity is reinforced throughout to us by his scorn of Gatsby– he thoroughly disapproves of him– he‘ represented everything for which I have unaffected scorn’. Yet there is something–‘ some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life’,‘ an extraordinary gift for hope’ that is attractive to Nick, and requires him to make several attempts at describing it. He registers contempt for much of what Gatsby stands for– the falseness, the criminality, but still he likes him. His ability to laugh at Gatsby and his false airs‘ What was that?
Gatsby’s fortune did not come from “old money.” Most of his fortune was obtained trough illegal activities. This conflicts with how Jay portrays his morals. He portrays himself as being morally sound, but throughout the book Nick can sense the reality of Gatsby. Gatsby’s affair with Daisy also conflicts heavily with his moral values. He feels he is doing the right thing, but at the same time he feels guilty about what he is doing.