Nick Carraway's Life In The Great Gatsby

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In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a man named Nick Carraway moves to West Egg, Long Island. After arriving Nick travels over to East Egg where his cousin, Daisy, is located just across the bay. Nick comes to find out his neighbor, Jay Gatsby, is a past lover of Daisy. He also discovers this lover has spent his entire life rebuilding himself to be more acceptable for her. Due to Nick’s strict upbringings he does not criticize others, making him of perfect use to Daisy and Gatsby. As the novel unfolds it is evident the past of the character determines their actions and ultimately affects their whole future. Nick Carraway’s past perfectly aligns his involvement within this story’s present situations. Nick’s family (his grandfather’s…show more content…
As said by other critics, “Jay Gatsby's determination to establish a new identity for himself sets him apart from the other characters in the text” (Verderame). Gatsby grew up as a poor farmer boy. Born into poverty from the beginning, Gatsby cared little for his family and was determined to leave them behind for a new life.This tragic past encourages Gatsby to entirely start a new life by changing his identity and personality before the reader is even introduced to the character. “So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end” (98).Critics say, “In doing so, Gatsby has proven to himself that he can successfully change the story of his past” (Scisco). Gatsby meets and falls in love with a girl named Daisy but he is too poor to support her and is tied into the war. After the war, Gatsby goes on to learn to play the role of a gentlemen and becomes very wealthy through engaged in illegal transactions that are only rewarding to his wallet. After altering his past and reshaping his present life Gatsby moves into a mason across from Daisy. Night after night Gatsby founts his money by throwing massive parties for all to join. He throws these parties and invites everyone in hopes that one day Daisy might come
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