How Is Nick Carraway Careless In The Great Gatsby

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Though there were many times when characters in The Great Gatsby are caring and sentimental, they are also very unconcerned and ignorant. In the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald depicts the theme of “wealth can breed carelessness” using the literary devices and techniques of point of view, imagery, and flashback, to create meaning in his classic work. Fitzgerald uses these techniques to show us deeper into the luxurious, and extravagant lifestyle of Jay Gatsby and his fellow associates. Nick Carraway, the narrator of The Great Gatsby, has an essential role in the story line because without his point of view this novel would not be the same. Nick Carraway is second cousins with Daisy Buchanan, who may be one of the most absent-minded…show more content…
She told me it was a girl, and so I turned away and wept. ‘All right,’ I said, ‘I’m glad it’s a girl and I hope she'll be a fool- that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.’ (Fitzgerald 12) This quote shows that Daisy Buchanan is aware of just how hard it is to be a woman in their society but at the same time it also shows how weak she is. From the point of view of Nick Carraway, this shows us just what Daisy Buchanan is thinking right away when her daughter is born. Instead of teaching her daughter to be stronger than she will ever be, she hopes she will be a fool. I find this careless because Mrs. Buchanan should be stronger and be willing to teach her daughter how to be strong. Mr. Carraway is also friends with Tom Buchanan, a man that lives in East Egg, signifying that he is “Old Money”, and comes from a wealthy family. Tom Buchanan is also Daisy Buchanan’s husband and an old college friend of Nick’s. Similarly, when Tom is first introduced we are shown that he is ignorant, “Well, it's a fine book, and everybody ought to read it. The idea is if we don’t look out the white
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