Examples Of Outsiders In The Great Gatsby

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Outsiders are used in novels to demonstrate a different perspective of a character where it is how other characters in the novel are perceived and not how the characters see themselves. It can also be used as a satirical tool to demonstrate the flaws within society. It can also be argued that society is to blame for the marginalisation of its people. Some of the characters in the Great Gatsby and the Reluctant Fundamentalist are portrayed as outsiders. It is evident in the way characters treat each other. A notable example of this in the Great Gatsby is when Tom Buchanan calls Gatsby ‘Mr Nobody from Nowhere’, Tom is not only insulting Gatsby. It is also a reminder to Gatsby will never be able to fit in with the society that Tom belongs to …show more content…

Jim, the executive vice president of Underwood Samson, often points out to that Changez’ feelings of being an outsider comes from ‘feeling out of place’. Changez’s state of mind of feeling out of place is reiterated in his epiphany that he has become a ‘modern-day janissary’ used to strengthen America meanwhile never truly being accepted within the American society as seen in the xenophobic episodes in the novel. It can also be argued that society is not the only reason that Changez feels like an outsider, it may be a result of the ‘unhealable rift…between the self and its true home’ as pointed out by Edward …show more content…

This enhances the reading of Gatsby as an outsider because Gatsby possesses many characteristics that set him apart from other characters such as his remarkable faith in himself and his ability to hope and dream. Possessing such qualities isolates him from the others characters. Alternatively, the fragmentation of the narrative could be representative of the marginalisation of the characters as a result of the society they were living in such as Myrtle Wilson, who is an outsider who wants to be a part of the old wealth. Ultimately, characters such as Jay Gatsby and Myrtle Wilson who try to shift society’s hierarchy of old wealth, new wealth and no money lose their

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