Examples Of Home In The Great Gatsby

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A home is a pure reflection of the people who occupy it. The people who live in a house fill the house with things that they like and enjoy, things that show their personality. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald we meet the characters Jay Gatsby, the Buchanans, and Nick Carraway, all come from diverse lifestyles and backgrounds. The Buchanans and Gatsby live in very big and opulent mansions, while Nick lives in a tiny shack. All of them are very content with where they live, and that shows what kind of people they are. They all differ in what pleases them and what they think they need in a home. Jay Gatsby, the Buchanans, and Nick are three different people in personality, social position, and lifestyle, and those differences …show more content…
Nick also lives in West Egg, right next to Jay Gatsby. Only, his house is nothing like Gatsby’s mansion. Nick lives in a “weather beaten cardboard bungalow” (8) that is an “eye-sore” (10). But he is very happy and content with his living arrangements. He does not need a very big mansion like Buchanans and Gatsby. He is okay with his tiny shack. That is because he is not caught up in the superficial things in life. He has what he needs, but not necessarily what he wants, and he is fine with that. Nick is reliable character, someone that people can trust. He does not have a social position or lifestyle as opulent as Gatsby or the Buchanans, but he can support himself. Having Nick living in a small bungalow shows just how different he is from the others. He is happy with a very small house, a very different reaction than one from Tom Buchanan. It shows that he does not value the superficial things as much as the others do. It shows that he is someone that does not need a lot to be happy, someone that is happy to live in a place “squeezed between two huge places” …show more content…
This novel displays characters from different backgrounds and different interests. And it is all reflected in the house that they live in. The home that they live in perfectly represents the characters themselves and what they love. The houses display not only what the person likes, but their personality, lifestyle, and social position. People, like Gatsby and the Buchanans, have a higher social status, thus having very big mansions. While Nick Carraway with a lower social position lives in a very small home. But one thing all of them have in common is that they all are content with where they live, and that speaks to the type of person they really

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