The Great Gatsby: Nick Versus Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby: Nick Versus Gatsby

The Great Gatsby: Nick versus Gatsby


     Mainframe computers analyze information and present it so that the
observer is able to make accurate observations. In The Great Gatsby, written
by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the narrator, Nick Carraway, tells a story in which Jay
Gatsby tries to attain happiness through wealth. Even though the novel is
titled after Gatsby, Nick, just as a mainframe computer, analyzes the actions of
others and presents the story so that the reader can comprehend the theme.
Throughout the novel, Nick is the vehicle used to gather all of the pieces
together to learn about Gatsby. Nick is a one of a kind in the novel. He also
is the only character that changes in the novel from the beginning to the end.
Nick is the literary device that is employed to learn about Gatsby, which
ultimately tells the theme of the story. Throughout the novel, flashbacks are
inserted, courtesy of Nick, to reveal piece by piece about the mysterious Gatsby.
Nick patches the pieces of the puzzle together regarding Gatsby's past and lack
of a future. Nick is like the box of a puzzle; the puzzle is impossible to put
together without it. Without Nick, the reader's opinion of Gatsby would be
drastically different. The reader's opinion would be swayed by the idea that
Gatsby becomes rich via bootlegging alcohol and counterfeiting bonds. Nick
persuades the observer that Gatsby is "worth the whole damn bunch (rich class)
put together"(162). Even though Gatsby aspires to be part of the upper echelon,
he, fortunately, is different from them. Nick also analyzes Gatsby's behavior
in order to provide the reader with details and a summary of the great man. At
the end of the novel, Nick comments on Gatsby's life by stating that "(Gatsby)
had come a long way to this blue lawn and his dream must have seemed so close
that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already
behind him"(189). Without Nick, Gatsby's true colors would not be shown and
his behavior would be left not pondered. His presence from the beginning to the
end of the novel is imperative. Nick's uniqueness parallels his importance in
the novel.
Nick is very unique and different from all of the other characters in The
Great Gatsby. Most of the characters symbolize reckless people during the "rip
roaring twenties" that only want to be in the "fast lane" and do not give a damn
about others. Nick s...