The Great Gatsby's Transformation

Decent Essays
Lastly Fitzgerald uses details to strengthen the idea Nick’s character has evolved through the novel. He demonstrates this to the audience by describing how privy Nick is to secrets, “Most of the confidences were unsought-- frequently I have feigned sleep, preoccupation, or a hostile levity when I realized by some unmistakable sign that an intimate revelation was quivering on the horizon; for the intimate revelations of young men, or at least the terms in which they express them are usually plagiaristic and marred by obvious suppressions.” He uses this statement to reiterate that in the beginning of the novel Nick’s character felt as though since he is an elite he was inclined to listen to these unequal men who plagiarize others suppressions to make themselves seem as though they were more powerful. Fitzgerald changes his attitude towards the end of the novel by suggesting Nick is now struggling with the careless people he is acquainted with and the decisions they believe are entirely justifiable. Tom believes that even though he is indirectly responsible for Gatsby’s death Nick does not realize what he has been through, “And if you think i didn’t have my share of suffering --look here, when i went to give up that flat and saw that damn box of dog biscuits sitting there on the sideboard, i sat down and cried like a baby.…show more content…
By God it was awful;” However, when Tom enters the jewelry store Nick suggest he went to buy, “ a pearl necklace -- or perhaps only a pair of cuff buttons -- rid of my provincial squeamishness forever.” Nick realizes Tom’s play on his sympathy by mentioning the dog biscuits but Nick sees him as just material because of his casual mentioning of a “pearl necklace” and “cuff
Get Access