Homosexuality In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby: Analysis
The Great Gatsby is a novel about a man named Nick Carraway. Nick is the narrator and is the neighbor of a very wealthy man who goes by the name, Gatsby. Throughout the novel, it is made clear that all of the men are womanizers, including Nick. But it is also inferred that Nick is a homosexual.
Fitzgerald implied in the novel that Nick, the narrator, had a homosexual affair with a photographer. This novel was set in the 1920’s, and at that time, it would have been shameful to be a homosexual. They were often shunned for it when people found out. Nick went to a small get together with a few friends, including a photographer, Mr. McKee, and his wife. Near the end of the evening, Nick and Mr. McKee leave together, and in the next the next scene, Nick wakes up in Mr. McKee’s bed, next to him. There are also subtle, implied innuendos throughout those scenes. “Keep your hands off the lever,” snapped the elevator boy. “I beg your pardon”, said Mr. McKee with dignity, “I didn't know I was touching it.” Later in the book, we read these words, “I was standing beside his bed and he was sitting up between the sheets, clad in his underwear, with a great portfolio in his hands.”
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It is made clear to the reader that Nick gains quite an interest in Gatsby. He actually begins to become obsessed with him. The book states, “Gatsby, who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn. If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him…It was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again.” Nick was clearly in love with Gatsby. He had had true feelings for Jordan for a while, but once he met Gatsby, those feelings slowly disappeared. He was secretly holding out hope to be with

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