Nick Carraway

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The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, was based on a story of corruption and tragedy. In the story, Nick Carraway was the protagonist who was entangled in every situation whether he chose to be in it or not. He was a man from Minnesota who moved to New York to learn about the bond business to make a fortune. He was a quiet man who kept to himself and did not talk much unless he was spoken to. He was open-minded which gave him a deeper perspective of the people around him. In addition, he was a great listener, which is why Tom, Daisy, and Gatsby told him their secrets. He was the only character in the story that was able to change from beginning to end for better or worse. Throughout the story, he surrounded himself with the wealthy that eventually influenced his way of thinking and being. Since Nick had just moved to New York, he did not know anyone, but his second cousin Daisy and her husband Tom. Nick saw Tom as an arrogant man with a lot of money and power in his hands. Tom was a Yale graduate and a football player that many people feared. He was self- centered like his wife, Daisy. He was a man who thought he was better than any other man in the world as he even said it to Nick, ‘"Now, don't think my opinion on these matters is final," he seemed to say, "just because I'm stronger and more of a man than you are"’ (Fitzgerald). Because Nick reserved his judgments, he tried to understand other people’s situations rather than holding them up to his own standards. On the other hand, he sometimes did not know how to respond to other people’s situations such as Tom’s affair with Myrtle. He wanted to flee from the scene since he did not want to be a part of it, ‘"Hold on," I said, "I have to leave you here"’ (Fitzgerald). ... ... middle of paper ... ...o be a part of the corrupted crowd that Tom and Daisy were in. Nick knew right from wrong which set him apart from the others. In conclusion, Nick came into New York hoping to find a better lifestyle. Instead, he left New York with a look of disgust. At first, he was surrounded by wealthy people who he thought were good people but saw their true colors at the end of the novel. Because Nick had certain advantaged that other people did not have, he did not judge people but it was so hard not to when he was surrounded by a group of people who constantly lied, cheated, and cared about themselves. He realized that people aren’t always as they claim to be. Nick wanted to make a fortune and live a good life and ended up leaving New York knowing how much misery a fortune can bring. Leaving New York, he matured as a better man with much more knowledge than ever before.
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