Nick's Worldview In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby “Life is much more successfully looked at from a single window” (Fitzgerald 4). This quote from the timeless classic The Great Gatsby references how an individual should only have one worldview. The Great Gatsby portrays characters with varying world views, some of which will be deliberated in this paper. Some characters have a more Biblical worldview, while others are more humanistic. This book also brings up issues of morals and ethics, leading to the underlying theme: “the love of money is the root of all evil”. Initially, one would assume that this book has a naturalist worldview, which basically means that there is no such thing as morals except for the ones that individuals put on themselves. However, as one delves deeper into the world of Gatsby, it is made clear that this book’s worldview is much more complicated. Each character has a different view of right and wrong. For example, Nick Carraway, an honest and kind man, is often disgusted by the dramatic and selfish lifestyles of those around him. Nick appears to have a post-modernist worldview, although he would still be considered morally “good”. Carraway narrates this about himself, “Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest …show more content…

Morals are a person's standards of behavior or beliefs concerning what is and is not acceptable for them to do, and ethics is the branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct. While morals deal with an individuals beliefs, ethics deals with a societies beliefs. In the book The Great Gatsby, each individual has a completely different set of morals. However, the society as a whole seems to believe similarly to that of Jay Gatsby: the ends justify the means. As long as everyone else is doing it, it’s

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