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The Great Gatsby: Nick Carraway
Transcript of The Great Gatsby: Nick Carraway
"Dressed up in white flannels I went over to his lawn a little after seven..." (Fitzgerald, 41)
"As soon as I arrived I made an attempt to find my host..." (Fitzgerald, 42) The Cost "Her face was sad...but there was an excitement in her voice that men who had cared for her found difficult to forget..." [talking about Daisy] (Fitzgerald, 9) Conservative/Distant:
"I had been actually invited." (Fitzgerald, 41) Judgmental: (Can Read People)
"Doesn't her husband object?" (Fitzgerald, 26) The Commentary: This first quote shows the distance that Nick has towards the upper class throughout the book, unlike many people he waits to receive a proper invitation to attend one of Gatsby's parties; staying true to who he believes he is. The second quote shows the lack of experience that Nick has among the upper class he is trying to fit into. He does not understand that the morals he has are nothing like those of some of these characters. The third quote tells us how he makes such a great narrator, it shows us how easy it is for him to read characters in this book. This helps him visualize the life these people are living and makes him question if he wants the same for himself. White The Commentary: There are multiple things that Nick symbolized throughout this book as he played the "un-biased" narrator but the best thing that I believe Nick symbolized was a telescope, he symbolizes this because he had perfect perspective, he had the social credentials, and he had a talent of reading people. The first quote tells us that Nick had the social credentials to play the role he did, Nick had the ability to see (like a telescope) everything that was going on in the upper class and the lower class. This played a vital role in him finding himself at the conclusion of the book. The second quote shows us that he had a perfect perspective. He had a personal relationship with every one of the main characters in the book (next door neighbors with Gatsby, attended college with Tom, Daisy's cousin, etc.) which allowed him to get the inside on everything that was going on. The last trait of his that reminded me of a telescope was his ability to read people. He could tell instantly if a character was lying or telling the truth. All of this gave him the truth to the reality that these people lived under which inevitably made him run away from this corrupt lifestyle at the conclusion of the book. The Commentary: This book is filled with several corrupt dreams by people who are in pursuit of bad things. Nick Carraway's dream, although is not anywhere near to this, his dream is the simplest dream of all of the characters. He simply is desiring to find himself, but stay honest and true to the morals he was founded upon. The first quote is showing Nick's ideal perspective on what reality could be, it also tells us what purpose Nick holds in, "The Great Gatsby." The second quote is reiterating the way Nick wants to complete his dream, in a very honest and straightforward manner. The final quote is telling us his literal dream for the book. The whole reason he moved to New York is because he had and interest in the bond business. The Commentary: The color that Nick best represents throughout, "The Great Gatsby," is white, which represents honesty, and innocence. The first quote explains the honest side that Nick has, this personality aspect is something that Nick desires to hold onto throughout the entire book because he believes it is part of who he is. The second quote is displaying the impression that Nick puts on at the first of Gatsby's parties that he attends. He wants to look luxurious in front of the wealthy crowd he thinks he wants to be part of so he arrives in all white flannel. The last quote shows the innocence that Nick possesses. Unlike every other person at the party he is at, Nick is determined to seek out Gatsby, he does not deem in acceptable to not be polite, yet everyone thinks it odd that he tries to confront Gatsby. The Commentary: At the end of the book Nick was fortunate because what he lost due to his dream was minimal compared to other characters in the book like Daisy and Gatsby. The first quote shows that Nick lost his "happy, pure" idea of the East coast. Towards the begging of the book Nick imagined the East as a place for opportunity and success, whereas after the book finished Nick thought of the East as a place of corruption and evil. The second quote tells us that Nick lost one of his closest relationships; Jordan Baker. Throughout the novel that relationship out of all of the relationships really looked like one that could prosper but never did. Finally Nick lost his purity and innocence, as you can see in the final quote. The worst part about this was that Nick could not even control it, he was simply placed in a setting that was far more evil than he would ever be. "The one on my right was a colossal affair by any standard...It was Gatsby's mansion." (Fitzgerald, 5) "With an effort I managed to restrain my incredulous laughter." (Fitzgerald, 66) "After Gatsby's death the East egg was haunted for me..." (Fitzgerald, 176) "I saw Jordan Baker and talked over and around what had happened to us together." (Fitzgerald, 177) "I felt that I wanted the world to be in uniform and at a sort of moral attention forever; I wanted no more riotous excursions with privileged glimpses into the human heart." (Fitzgerald, 2) "I am one of the few honest people I have ever known." (Fitzgerald, 59) "So we drove on toward death through the cooling twilight." (Fitzgerald, 136) The Citations: "...I decided to go East and learn the bond business." (Fitzgerald, 3) Fitzgerald, F. Scott, and Matthew J. Bruccoli. The Great Gatsby. New York, NY: Scribner, 1996. Print.