To start with, Nick and Gatsby are opposites. This makes each character compatible for the other. This also shows that the two characters can come together make one balanced character. Nick has a normal past life in which he listened to what his father told him. “In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since” (Fitzgerald 1). The advice was to live a moral life, which restrained Nick from having an intimate relationship with Gatsby (Kerr 411). He got his education and “graduated from New Haven in 1915” (Fitzgerald 3). Nick lived the life of a scrupulous person and did not get in-volved in any criminal activity. Nick also joined “the Teutonic migration known as the Great War” (Fitzgerald 3). Basically, Nick leads an ordinary life for the time. His life is emphasized as normal when he states that “everyone was in the bond business, so I supposed it could support one more single man” (Fitzgerald 3). Gatsby, on the other hand, has a dark past because of the pursuit of his dream to get Daisy with money. In the journal, The Sexual Drama of Nick and Gatsby by Ed...
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