Compare And Contrast Nick Carrawby And The Great Gatsby

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One is a mystery; one is an honest man; both had ambitions too great for their time. Throughout F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic American novel The Great Gatsby; many ever-changing characters are strongly developed. The similar locations and their shared wealth help to connect the main characters; however, different ambitions and backgrounds slowly show their many differences. Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby (two of the main characters in this book) are both born in a rural Midwest town; however, their ambitions in life drove them down different paths. Gatsby and Carraway are both men from a similar background who are ahead of their time, however; what they pursue in life differs greatly between the two. Gatsby and Nick are both dissatisfied with where they are in life. They both are missing something to make them feel whole, however, the way both men go about pursuing their missing piece is very different. Gatsby’s simple wish is to have the woman he loves all to himself. His love is just out of reach; forever untouchable even after all of the sacrifices he makes. For example, during the summer months Jay throws lavish parties at his mansion, “men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars” (Fitzgerald 21). The reason Gatsby throws these lavish parties is all part of his attempt to catch Daisy’s attention; either hoping that she would catch a glimpse of the bright lights across the bay or through word of mouth. In short, his desire
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