The Importance Of Virtue In The Great Gatsby

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In the novel, The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway says, “Everyone suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.” He believes that the four primary qualities, prudence, fortitude, justice, and temperance, are the key components in creating an all-around person and setting them apart from the rest of society. Just like Nick, every person in the world possesses unique morals that they feel are very important to them, and ones that they can still improve on. Personally, the strongest virtue that I acquire is prudence, which is being able to tell from right and wrong, and one that that I can grow on is temperance, which is the ability to restrain from physical and mental inclinations. As stated in the paragraph above, one of my strongest suits is prudence. Being a person who has the ability to know right from wrong in today's society is very hard since nowadays, everyone does what is known to be as “cool”. The way I was and still am raised, has helped me immensely in this world to stay back from negative things like drugs and bad influences, and lean towards a group of friends that constantly stay on the right path. As a teenager, I am one who does not lie and always stays true to myself. As a result, my parents place a large amount of trust in me which gives…show more content…
The Great Gatsby talked about the four cardinal virtues, prudence, fortitude, justice, and temperance, in which each person shines in one of these qualities. However, just like every other person on the planet, they also fall short on some of them leaving them constant room to grow in the one that is hardest for them to achieve. As a result, everyone is their own individual with their own set of strengths and weaknesses, and prudence and temperance are
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