The Great Gatsby Analysis

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In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby become close friends by the close of the book. Nick Carraway, a relatively young veteran, befriends Jay Gatsby at one of Gatsby’s extravagant parties. Nick, a stockbroker, admires Gatsby’s driven attitude, while Gatsby loves Daisy, who happens to be Nick’s cousin. Throughout the book, Nick and Gatsby spend a lot of time together, which makes them appear as genuine friends. Although Nick and Gatsby are friends, Nick is so fascinated by Gatsby that he cannot recognize that Gatsby is using him to get close to Daisy. From the beginning of the book and onwards, Nick’s comments about and interactions with Gatsby reveal his attraction to Gatsby. The first time Nick mentions Gatsby, he states, “Gatsby, who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn,” (2) and, “[...] it was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which is not likely I shall ever find again” (2). These excerpts expose Nick’s admiration for Gatsby, especially when he says, “which is not likely I shall ever find again.” This indicates the Nick considers Gatsby as one of a kind and an extremely special type of person who is hard to find. Considering Nick’s great respect for Gatsby, when Nick attends one of Gatsby’s many parties and meets him, Nick describes Gatsby as having, “an irresistible prejudice in your favor,” (48) and, “one of those rare smiles with a quality

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