preview

Character Analysis Of Nick Carraway

Decent Essays
Money has an effect on everyone in both good and bad ways. People who possess a great wealth and live in upper class society tend to exhibit decadence due to their high status. F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby contrasts differing moral aspects of wealthy lifestyles. In the artificial world of the East Coast, Nick Carraway distinguishes himself as a model of morality.

Although the glory of power and money in the East Coast overwhelms Nick, he still clings to the values he learned while growing up in the Midwest. Nick is situated in the West Egg to represent his closeness to Midwestern values and continues to believe in them as he gets older. Nick 's father advises his son, stating, " 'Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone [. .
…show more content…
Because of the lies he hears from his friends, Nick feels he is the only person who has control over his life. Susan Resneck Parr states, "[h]is awareness of human vulnerability overshadows his confidence in life 's promise, and so he retreats from whatever situation provokes his anxiety and unhappiness in an effort to control and establish a sense of order" (61). Nick 's realism clashes with his friends ' dishonesty, so in order to maintain his sense of righteousness, he always
Get Access