Examples Of Honesty In The Great Gatsby
Is Nick Carraway truly the honest man that he claims he is?
Thesis: Throughout The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nick Carraway states that he is honest, but because of his loyalty to Gatsby his acts and choices are influenced greatly, creating a character who is dishonest and hides secrets no matter the cost.
"Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven 't had the advantages that you 've had." He didn 't say any more, but we 've always been unusually communicative in a reserved way, and I understood that he meant a great deal more than that. In consequence, I 'm inclined to reserve all judgments. (Nick on his values and honesty)
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“I want you to meet my girl.” (Page 24, Tom to Nick)
“Hold on,” I said, “I have to leave you here.”
“No, you don’t,” interposed Tom quickly... (28)
When Nick is forced to travel with Tom to the apartment, he instantly feels uncomfortable as his cousin, Daisy’s husband is cheating on her while he is a clear witness. He chooses to keep his thoughts and secrets to himself.
"I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known." (Nick judging himself)
"You see?" cried Catherine triumphantly. She lowered her voice again. "It 's really his wife that 's keeping them apart. She 's a Catholic and they don 't believe in divorce." Daisy was not a Catholic and I was a little shocked at the elaborateness of the …show more content…
Gatsby doesn’t want her to know. You’re just supposed to invite her to tea.”, there is a sense of uneasiness as Nick contemplates whether or not to help Gatsby cheat on his cousin. He is stuck thinking to himself for a moment, thinking about the morals of the situation, but eventually shrugs off all thoughts as soon as he sees Gatsby, saying, “I talked with Miss Baker,” I said after a moment. “I’m going to call up Daisy to-morrow and invite her over here to tea.” Nick often does not feel that his actions are ethical, but he feels that he has to help Gatsby and protect him or else he would be betraying a friend. This makes Nick a dishonest person because keeps the secrets to himself, no regarding the heavy consequences that can often come with this action. When Nick and Tom are in the apartment in the Valley of Ashes, Nick says “Hold on,” I said, “I have to leave you here.” “No, you don’t,” interposed Tom quickly... (28) Nick is once again not sure of what to do. He is a prime suspect to Tom’s cheating, but decides to keep it to himself and shelter Daisy from Tom’s actions. This action of keeping secrets once again leads on to bigger events and problems as soon Daisy founds out creating the main dilemma of the novel. As Gary J. Scrimgeour says, “Jordan is right about Nick’s character. The crisis of their affair reveals to her what she