Importance Of Neutrality In The Great Gatsby

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Everyone has situations where it is better to stay neutral and just stand back, but there is also situations where you should just in and help one side. Our decisions can impact the future in many ways. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, we have the character Nick Carraway who is also neutral and reserves his judgment. This neutrality impacts the story in many ways. Most are negative like how he just left after he witnessed Tom punch Myrtle in the face, he didn’t try to convince Gatsby to stay and not go home yet at the end of the story, and when Gatsby tries continuously to get Daisy even though it fails. Nick’s neutrality may have hurt Myrtle in many ways. When she muttered Daisy’s name we see what Tom can really do when he breaks her nose. It is described as “Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand.”(Fitzgerald, 37). This clearly shows nick neutrality by him just watching. Nick didn’t even try to stop Tom from hitting Myrtle. Right after this we are told by Nick that he watched Mr. McKee leave and then said “Taking my hat from the chandelier, I followed.” (Fitzgerald, 37). As you can see Nick wants to have no part in helping Myrtle. He would like to stay out of the situation and leave as quickly as he can. The first chance he had to leave he took it. In all the disarray of that situation Nick just slipped out the back and proved that he can’t be trusted to be there when you need him. This neutrality impacts the

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