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Character Analysis Of Nick Carraway In The Great Gatsby

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The narrator of Fitzgerald’s quintessential American novel, Nick Carraway is a complicated and often ambiguous character. Because little is said about him, many aspects of his personality are left open to interpretation. Despite a lack of direct characterization, many speculations can be made from more indirect characterization. As many high school English students and scholars alike have pointed out, it is possible to read Nick Carraway as gay, given the book’s hefty subtext. Substantial evidence, present throughout, indicates that Nick may be attracted Gatsby and other men he encounters over the course of the story. Nick’s attraction to men, expressed through his descriptions of characters and his relationships with others, is another way that Fitzgerald presents the idea of the American dream and who can attain it.
One way Fitzgerald hints at Nick’s orientation is through his narration and physical descriptions of other characters he is acquainted with. Nick first describes Jordan Baker as a “...slender, small-breasted girl with an erect carriage, which she accentuated by throwing her body backward at the shoulders like a young cadet” (11). Jordan’s characteristics- her appearance, her profession, and her name, are very masculine, especially in comparison to Daisy. It seems rather indicative that Fitzgerald frames her as Nick’s primary love interest. Nick also seems very perceptive of feminine characteristics in other men, noticing them in both Tom and Mr.Mckee, and his
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