We could assume that he just envies Gatsby in such a way, but such precise words and details help us read between the lines a little bit more to dive in deeper into Nick’s true feelings. One page 178 of the story, when Nick sees Tom again, Tom tells him, “That fellow had it coming to him. He threw dust into your eyes just like he did in Daisy's, but he was a tough one.” We could also assume that Tom is just talking about how Gatsby was a fake and tricked everyone, but the fact that he compares it with Daisy can give way to a comparison of both Daisy and Nick’s feelings for Gatsby. Although some people may doubt this, and his feelings for Gatsby could possibly just be envy and purely platonic.
This quote tells readers that Nick thinks there are only 2 qualities in life and then the opposites of those qualities. It proves that Nick thinks deeply about love and work. Without this, it would be difficult t understand Nick’s character and personality because he is always narrating what is happening around him. When he states thoughts like this one, it builds up Nicks character to a much higher degree for one.
In fiction, the narrator controls how the audience connects to and perceives the various characters in a story. A good author can manipulate the narration to connect the audience to certain characters and deepen the reader’s understanding of their conflicts. In “Previous Condition” and “Sonny’s Blues,” James Baldwin illustrates themes of loneliness and isolation in the pursuit of finding a space that feels like home. Although this theme is clear in both stories, Baldwin is able to portray it very differently in each story through the relationship he allows the reader to the characters struggling with these feelings. While “Previous Condition” provides a more intimate relationship to the narrator, “Sonny’s Blues” is able to deliver an additional level of understanding by telling the story through Sonny’s brother, therefore disconnecting the reader in a way that forces him or her to share the characters’ feelings of isolation and confusion.
However, the adoration of Daisy is elevated in Gatsby. Tom’s artificial, bored love for Daisy is transformed into an obsession for Gatsby. His elevated adoration highlights the character foil between Tom and Gatsby as Gatsby’s obsession is an inflated version of Tom’s half-hearted
Though this may make him seem insignificant, he maintains an ominous presence throughout the course of the novel. What is focused on most is Dr. Eckleburg’s eyes. These eyes are possibly the form of a God-like figure that watches over all the doings and happenings of Gatsby, Nick, Tom, George, and Myrtle. As the events of the novel unravel before the reader’s eyes, Eckleburg’s eyes are constantly there. They seem to be watching over the lack of “humility, compassion, patience, or (and) charity.”
Desire in The Great Gatsby Desire can lead people in many different directions -- some good, and some bad. Desire can confuse people, and give them false hope. This makes them commit actions without thinking about consequences. Throughout the book, The Great Gatsby, desire influenced the choices of Gatsby, Daisy, Tom, and Myrtle.
“Too polite to object,” Gatsby is inclusive to these people who are lower than him and Daisy is disgusted that, revealing that she, like Tom, also believes in the strict maintenance of social barriers. Daisy wants to remain isolated from the other social classes because she wants to retain her power and stability and wealth. For Daisy, it is okay to like the party on paper because it supports the idealistic view of Gatsby, but when she is confronted by the real life party and her superior status hinges on the decisions she makes, she gets caught up in her own self-interest. In the end, Daisy disgust of the party shows that she too has adopted Tom’s beliefs of exclusion and
Nick is very cynical and even though Nick reserves explicit judgment on the characters, the author still criticizes through his narrator's tone. The mood seems as if Fitzgerald is disgusted with society and passes his judgement as truth. Nick is aware how awful and the upper class is, but he is also aware of the stupidity of some social circumstances. He is mocking himself.
The theme in the novel “All Fall Down”is not to judge people without knowing the full truth about them. One way the reader is led to the theme is by observing the conflict and resolution of the story. Another way the reader is led to the theme is by the authors use of figurative and descriptive language that makes the reader feel different feelings towards the scarred man. Finally, the character development helps lead us to the theme throughout the way Alli Carter makes people feel towards the main characters Grace and Dominic the Scarre Man. Ally carter’s novel “All Fall Down” displays the conflict of human vs self.
Another example of materialism is Daisy and Gatsby 's relationship. “Daisy marries and stays with Tom because of the lifestyle he can provide her” (Wulick). This relationship is built on materialism, the only reason Daisy liked young Gatsby was because he lied to her into thinking he was rich. After he left, she went to Tom only because of his wealth and the lifestyle he can provide for her. After Gatsby came back he was heartbroken that Daisy didn’t waited for him, but he didn’t giving up.
This passage describes how Nick does not know what to make of Gatsby because of all the misconceptions and rumors that have been made towards him. There is only one metaphor in this passage and it describes how the narrator, Nick, wrote everything down that Gatsby told him about his past so as to “explode” the false rumors about Gatsby. This passage reveals to me that the book itself is a of biography of Gatsby by Nick because of the phrase in the first sentence that says Nick has “put it all down here”. So as to create the feeling throughout the book that the reader is experiencing the book in third person point of view as well as first person.
In the beginning of the novel, we see that Huck is quick to deceive to save his own skin. However, on his travels, he learns that lying is not always the best choice and that it is morally correct to tell the truth. Again, an example is when Huck is participating in the King and the Duke’s swindle. While partaking in a plan to steal the girls’ will, Huck starts to feel uncomfortable. As he spends time with the girls, he sees how sweet they are, and one even starts to grow on him.
It’s humorous watching the effort he is making to appear inconspicuous when he has already broadcast the fact that he has a mistress to the entire community. “Tom, I need to speak with you,” I say stepping into the dining room. Tom’s eyes snap up to meet mine, his face flushed a little red. He holds up a finger, “Just a moment.”
After his meeting with Gatsby, Nick had an urge to recall this person he just met. In his response to the meet, Nick produces a passage describing his view of Gatsby’s personality. Ironically, Nick is judging someone else’s personality in this passage when he explains earlier that, “(he is) inclined to reserve all judgments.” Why is he not realizing that he is judging Gatsby, contridicting what he mentioned earlier? This shows that something about Gatsby catches his eyes.
Antithesis is a rhetorical device in which two opposite ideas are put together in a sentence to achieve a contrasting effect F Scott. Fitzgerald employs this technique to contrast the character of Nick Carraway with that of the overarching themes present in the society that are also possessed by the other individual characters. This society is steeped in the social stratification and conspicuous materialism that is characteristic of the jazz age of the 1920’s. “These characters… constitute America itself as it moves into the jazz age” , and just like the society that was looking to increase in prosperity, the individual characters in the Great Gatsby were also in pursuit of acquiring and maintaining this money, status and social prestige.