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Coming Of Age "The Great Gatsby"

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Coming Of Age
"The Great Gatsby"

Introduction + Thesis


“The Great Gatsby” is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. Jay Gatsby is a man with a lot of money, a lot of acquaintances, and very few friends.This novel is not your classical coming of age novel at least for the most part. This is because Nick Carraway is the only character who actually ends up changing by the end of the novel. :The Great Gatsby" is about the growth of maturity, and the discussion today will be about the growth in Nick Carraway.


Nick Carraway

Although he may be a nice guy he is somewhat judgmental. Nick realizes the moral decay of the people in New York and tries not to be a part of them. On the other hand, Gatsby is a wealthy man from North Dakota who was swept up in the New York life because of Daisy. He wants to be accepted and receive attention which is why he throws big parties.
Nick is a well educated man from Minnesota who came to New York to learn about the bond business. He is a quiet and contempt man who is curious about his neighbor Gatsby. Although he may be a nice guy he is somewhat judgmental. Nick realizes the moral decay of the people in New York and tries not to be a part of them.
Nick Carraway believes that he is a non-judgemental person in the novel. However, he still realizes he must be guilty of judgement to some extent when he is surprised by his fascination with Gatsby, who he comes to realize is someone he never would have associated with. Nick begins to see that some "shady" characters really have a better code of honor, than those ", such as Tom and Daisy Buchanan.






"...and now I was going to bring back all such things into my life and become again that most limited of all specialists, the 'well-rounded man."
It's rather obvious in the beginning of the novel that Nick is completely ignorant to Eastern customs and life. He assumes that once he moves to the East that he will be able to start over and create a name for himself in the bonds business.

At first, Nick's uneasiness towards Gatsby created a barrier between them. Eventually, after Gatsby's death, Nick saw something rather charming and heroic about Gatsby's vision in life. He then realized that Gatsby's dream was essentially a mirror to the world's loss of innocence . This realization hit Nick hard and fast. Everything made sense at that moment. Nick understood that the East was a place of moral corruption and a hell when it came to pursuing dreams, essentially unlocking the door to some very important life lessons.









"He broke off and began to walk up
a desolate path of fruit rinds and
discarded favors and crushed flowers.
'I wouldn't ask too much of her,' I
ventured. 'You can't repeat the past'"(110). Nick, before anyone else, realized that the
affair between Gatsby and Daisy would
never work, and what they had before no
longer existed. Since flowers symbolized
Gatsby's love for Daisy, the line describing
them as crushed is an indication of a
failed attempt at love. Nick's insight on
the end of the love affair is obvious with
his statement right after Gatsby walked on
crushed flowers. It is as if Nick was warning
Gatsby all along
NICK CARRAWAY

GATSBY AND NICK

IN CONCLUSION ...
On the other hand, Gatsby is a wealthy man from North Dakota who was swept up in the New York life because of Daisy. He wants to be accepted and receive attention which is why he throws big parties.
In "The Great Gatsby" by F.S Fitzgerald, Nick who is the narrator and protagonist of the story has grown a lot throughout the novel, he learnt a lot by observing and by understanding and knowing Gatsby and everything that was happening around him . Nick saw something rather charming and heroic about Gatsby's vision in life. He then realized that Gatsby's dream was essentially a mirror to the world's loss of innocence. Nick has grown wiser and has now a different understanding of life too.
THANKS FOR LISTENING
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