Theme Of Homosexuality In The Great Gatsby

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The early 1900s was an era when homosexuality was denounced socially, as it was unlawful for majority of the world including the United States of America. Authors were cautious when discussing themes of homosexuality that did not conform with public opinion. Scott Fitzgerald’s wit and cleverness, were instrumental in showcasing the underlying theme of homosexuality without certifying it. In The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, protagonist Nick Carraway consistently possesses characteristics of a homosexual, through his adoration of Jay Gatsby, homosexual encounters and his apathy towards females. The Great Gatsby, is told in a first person perspective, through the persona of Nick Carraway. Fitzgerald intentionally created his work to…show more content…
He incorporated this ellipse intentionally to depict an event has taken place during the encounter with Mckee. Thereupon, Nick was found to be by Mckee’s bed, who was also was in his undergarments showing Nick his portfolio. If Mckee’s sole intentions were to show Nick his portfolio, the act of him being in his underwear was unnecessary, as two men do not require the need to be in underwear during social encounters. Nick only departs from Mckee’s apartment at four in the morning, this scene intensive suggests Nick and Mckee had some sort of sexual occurrences during their time together. Fitzgerald allows the readers to read between the lines and derive thoughts centred around his sexual preference. Nick Carraway’s genuine sexual preferences can be assumed in different perspective, although Fitzgerald makes it evident through Nick’s descriptive analysis of each of the characters. Upon Nick’s first occurrence with Jordan Baker, he states, “I enjoyed looking at her. She was a slender, small-breasted girl, with an erect carriage, which she accentuated by throwing her body backward at the shoulders like a young cadet. Her gray sun-strained eyes looked back at me with polite reciprocal curiosity out of a wan, charming, disconcerted face.”. (Fitzgerald,
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