The only person that he is fully truthful to is Phoebe. Holden frequently lies to the other people in his life, which greatly outweighs the fact that he is truthful to one person, proving that Holden is a phony. Also, Holden may not be seen as a phony because he never lies about his emotions. He constantly expresses how he feels, often stating that he is depressed. Although he is completely honest about his emotions, Holden still habitually lies to those around about other subjects such as his name.
In the beginning of the novel, Nick seems more like an observer than a main character. At the beginning of the first chapter, Nick tells the reader "I 'm inclined to reserve all judgements, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran bores." He claims that he is a tolerant and non-judgemental person and that attracts many people 's attention, and thus he has had interesting but also uninteresting conversations with men. Later in the chapter he says, "Reserving judgement is a matter of infinite hope". Because of Nick 's personality, people tell him things, however he tries not to judge to quickly, trying to get to know a person 's true character before judging.
Nonetheless, a few of the lessons included in The Great Gatsby are not considered politically correct by any standard. The narrator, Nick Carraway, tends to surround himself with folk he isn’t particularly fond of, including Jay Gatsby. At one point in the novel, he thinks, “It was the only compliment i ever gave him, because I disapproved of him from beginning to end” (pg 162). Nick obviously never liked Gatsby, which doesn’t add up because throughout the novel, Gatsby appeared to be Nick’s best friend; he did favors for him, hung out a majority of the book, kept secrets for him, and yet Nick must have been faking it. If Nick didn’t like Gatsby, why did he put up with him all the time?
In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, it has many moments that can be argued that Nick can be displeased with the people he surrounds himself with. Nick even states that Gatsby stands for everything he hates and despises about the rich he corresponds with but yet by the end Gatsby is the only one that Nick appreciates on some level. With an almost fleeting passage in The Great Gatsby though it clearly show that Gatsby had a glamor that secreted from him that Nick idolized but was slowly being squandered as he had ‘talked with him perhaps six times in the past month and found, to my disappointment, that he had little to say.’(pg 64) Nick then goes on to say that Gatsby started to lose the glamour that built up after the parties, especially the rumors he was told about how Gatsby came into his money.
Chappie faced many disappointments during his life, and yet he was still able to continue hoping that things would get better. This ability to hope for better redeems Chappie in the eyes of the reader. It is important to have this quality as Chappie starts off as a very unsympathetic character, but with his ability to continue moving forward, the reader is able to do the same with the character. The issue with categorizing Chappie as an anti-hero lies in the fact that he does not do anything that would make him a hero instead of the protagonist that he is. He isn't working for any goal or ideal at any point in the story.
Nick Carraway the narrator and also one of the main characters in The Great Gatsby. Throughout the first two chapters we see that Nick is very different from most of the other characters in The Great Gatsby who are very shallow and do not care much about people other than themselves. Instead Nick is very tolerant of the way everyone acts and their ideals, he is also very open minded, an example of this is that even though he is disgusted by the lifestyle that the other characters live he still gives living that lifestyle a chance. Along with being tolerant and open minded, Nick is also very quiet and because of this he does not like to participate much in a lot of the events in the story, instead he watches what goes on and describes what he sees.
I hate that he did that but I can kind of see where he is coming from… I just wish more people would quit acting like I am the bad guy. I don’t really know that much more about him besides him being alone for most of his wanderings, but I honestly think that he is a good man. My gut has never steered me wrong yet. So I may end up asking him if he wants to come with me to the others.
Ricky is a static character in the story, always acting the same with very few outbursts; however, to the main character, he is dynamic. As the main character finds out Ricky is being deceptive, his view of Ricky changes, and Ricky becomes an antagonist. The reason I particularly dislike Ricky is that through most of the book, he seems like a friend to the main character, with good intentions. As the story progresses, however, the reader discovers that he has been hiding information and lying to cover up his mistakes in the company. It turns out that Ricky does not care for the people in the company, whose lives are at stake, but more for the well being of the company, even if this results in losing the lives of some employees.
Great men are almost always bad men” (Dalberg-Acton, 1887). Exactly my point; the chief deputy has much control of the administration-- and-- despite his apathy, which by no means defines him as a bad man. Which is nevertheless another social complication; not all officers are bad people. Though as humans, we intuitively judge others inertly based only on what we perceive. We like to affirm that our beliefs and logical opinions are free from error.
While to everyone else Winkle is a capable and benevolent man, to his family and himself, he is incompetent and lethargic. Irving creates Rip having this two-faced persona to show the faults in a life devoted to others. Although selfless acts are respectable, Irving shows how the unwillingness to say no and the negligence of one’s life are toxic and