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Characteristics Of Nick In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby contains a variety of characters with many contrasting and similar traits. The novel takes place in the Roaring Twenties, after the end of World War I and is inhabited by the Lost Generation. Crimes became more common among common citizens as New Money became a way to make a quick profit. With prohibition being enforced, bootlegging increased. Nick Carraway observes the interactions between the other characters after moving into West Egg on Long Island, next to Jay Gatsby. Throughout the novel, it is clear that Gatsby is one of the most despicable characters and Nick is the most admirable. This point is demonstrated through the characters’ traits and goals. Nick Carraway narrates The Great Gatsby and is introduced as a young man working in the bond business. With Nick’s commentary on the story, the reader gains insights into his lifestyle and values. When Nick was with Tom Buchanan and his lover Mrs. Wilson, he tells the readers that he has “been drunk just twice in my life, and the second time was that afternoon,”(Fitzgerald 29). In a society where the demand for alcohol is high enough that large numbers of people are willing to break the law, Nick’s soberness stands out. His limited engagement with alcohol gives him credibility that no other character has. Nick possesses a certain amount of sympathy for the other characters as well. He writes, “I felt a certain shame for Gatsby―one gentleman to whom I telephone implied that he had got what he
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