Nick Carraway’s passive nature leads to the many mishaps in the novel, which stresses the idea that not being evil does not necessarily make someone a good person. “I’m inclined to reserve all judgements” (1) Nick states at the beginning of the novel, which instantly sets up his passivity. His passiveness sparks complications early on, such as when Tom takes Nick to meet Myrtle in secret. Nick tags along because he “had nothing better to do” (24) and seems to have little qualms about the fact that Tom is cheating on Daisy openly. As Daisy’s cousin, it is expected that he stands against Tom’s infidelity.
When Nick describes Tom, it is showing a sign of cruelty. Nick describes Tom by saying, “Two shining, arrogant eyes had established dominance over his face and gave him the appearance of always leaning aggressively forward” (9). Here Nick is describing how Tom Buchanan changed from when they both attended college together. In college, Tom was very friendly and was wonderful to be around. Nick realized, when they met again, that Tom had changed from friendly to cruel in the years after Tom and Nick graduated from Yale.
Though as soon as he meets him, he recognizes his flaws. The flaws let down Nick, because he thought Gatsby was going to be perfect. Nick’s unbiased description reveals the true colors of Gatsby's personality. The Great Gatsby is a fictional story with fictional characters.
You keep quiet about them. And you understand. ”(Chbosky 37) In this quote, Patrick makes a key discovery about Charlie as a person, and how he thinks more than the average person. Charlie is shown isolated because he does not say much and doesn’t have many friends to tell things to.
Mattew Cubbard is very shy, polite and dependent man. Mattew is described as attractive and polit man who is too timid to make independent choices at the important moments. Mattew Cubbard’s biggest personality expressed through the second chapter of the book is intimidated and shy: “this stray woman-child of whom shy Matthew Cuthbert was so ludicrously afraid.” This quote is from when Mattew finally stand infront of little girl who is supposed to be a boy. The diction narrator used in this quote clearfies the characterastics of Mattew Cubbard.
Evidence that he shows a sense of humor is “I may as well yell toward Earth for all the good that damned thing will do me”(Pg. 11). This goes on when he’s trying to get the communications array to work. When he can’t get it to work he makes a joke instead of giving up, I think this is also how he keeps a positive attitude. Another example of how he
Yet he seems to take on a very superior tone, insulting and demeaning, even after Trabb’s boy saves his life from Orlick, he still makes no effort to learn his name. His disrespectful characterization of Trabb’s boy as an ‘overgrown young man’, shows lack of true gratitude. The narration is autobiographical in structure giving off a feeling of distance between the narrator and the focalizer. The narrator uses an after-the-fact good-natured retrospect, filled with irony, humour and a distant voice which, at some few
Jay invites Nick to one of his parties by invite, which is a very rare occurrence (Fitzgerald). Jay had one soul purpose for inviting Nick and that is to have Nick help Jay get back together with Daisy. Now, while he does have this agenda and that is mainly why they became friends, Jay does treat Nick with the utmost respect and kindness. He is very generous to Nick to show him that he is worthy and so that Nick believes that he is a good person. He also tells Nick his true story, he confides in him with every secret he has ever held in.
This then portrays the Emperor as merciful and understanding. However, in passage two, Androcles is depicted as stong and whitty, and the Emperor is depicted as a weak and childish coward, as exemplified by his reluctance to follow the directions of Androcles. The previously described changes in character dramatically affected
Throughout the passage, Fitzgerald adds depth to Nick’s character, establishing motivation for his actions, for example, now Nick’s motivation to accompany Tom to meet Myrtle even though he didn’t want to, was because the trip meant he had something to do and that someone, in this case Tom, wanted him. The passage also provides insight, which explains why Gatsby, a self-centered man who initiated contact with Nick for personal gain, and Nick, a shy, socially awkward man who wants to be wanted and desires an effort-free companion, are
Julian wouldn’t be someone to look up to because he does not feel remorse. An example is that Julian isn’t guilty for calling Auggie names or leaving the mean notes in his locker. Also, Julian thinks it’s actually funny when he makes fun of August and Jack Will. That shows that even though he knows that they feel terrible, Julian doesn’t apologize much less feel remorse. Lastly, Julian doesn’t give Auggie a chance.
Because of that surprise, Nick develops a quick admiration of Gatsby. An example of this in the novel is, “He smiled understandingly--much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life.” Nick said this about Gatsby and it is obvious of his liking of him. However after a few chapters it is obvious to the readers that Nick’s perception of Gatsby has changed.
Huck develops a bond with Jim and grows to understand why his approach to racism is problematic. This is reflected in the ending. [Insert explanation on how the ending characterizes Huck mirroring society’s attitudes towards racism]. Jim is on what is referred to as a “quest for freedom.” Jim’s quest for freedom in the end ends up being essentially pointless, just like racist attitudes of America.
They talk robotically and devoid of emotion, while both unable to correctly adapt to social situations. When they do show emotion, they completely overreact, but then return to stasis at a monotone level. The audience finds this funny because we recognize their inability to adapt to social situations and their robotic mannerisms and laugh to demonstrate that we understand that these behaviors occur outside of social norms. • The incongruity theory is also present in this clip. When Brick and Chani list of characteristics about themselves, which are not facts that seems socially appropriate to share with someone you are trying to impress, the audience finds it humorous because of the obvious mismatch present.
Life Isn't Black and White. It's a Million Gray Areas... Characters with perfect morals are difficult to come by in a well written book, such as the Great Gatsby. Moral ambiguity not only makes the work more interesting, but adds a sense of realism to it as well. One of the many characters that could be described as morally ambiguous is none other than Jay Gatsby himself.