Moral Responsibility In The Great Gatsby

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In society today is an expectation to understand right versus wrong, what is morally and socially acceptable. Friendships show the actions between the two people take for each other these actions show responsibility and moral integrity towards each other. The wealthy class in America during the twenties lacked any form of moral responsibility, many of them were careless. Nick becoming responsible for Gatsby was inevitable, from “Creating a Creator” by David H. Lynn. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nick was Gatsby 's only friend, was responsible for his dream, and Nick was the only character that displayed moral integrity. Nick takes responsibility for Gatsby and his dream because Nick had personal integrity which other characters …show more content…
In “Creating Creator” by David H. Lynn explains how Nick’s responsibility of Gatsby was due to the lack of human responsibility of everyone else. Lynn said, “... Nick’s eyes than any collective guilt for Gatsby’s fate…. No code of solidarity to the social weal, or responsibility, or human dignity, retains any forceful imperative” (161). Nick was the only character that saw any form of moral responsibility to take care of Gatsby. All the people that came to Gatsby’s party lacked any form of moral responsibility Gatsby in a time of help, this is also because Gatsby refused to interact with the people at his parties. Caring about Gatsby was not a priority to the other people, Nick was the only person who had some sense of feeling towards someone which is why his actions with Gatsby made him become responsible for Gatsby and his …show more content…
When Nick was at lunch with Gatsby and Jordan, Jordan tells Nick why Gatsby really invited Nicks to lunch. She says, “She’s not to know about it. Gatsby doesn’t want her to know. You 're just supposed to invite her to tea”(79). Daisy is not supposed to know that Gatsby wants to meet her again, Nick is supposed to invite Daisy to tea so Gatsby and Daisy will meet again coincidentally. Gatsby knew that Nick knew Daisy, so Gatsby became very reliant on Nick in order to achieve his dream and get Daisy back. The funeral that Nick had planned, he was waiting for people to come even though no one was there. The minister questioned if anyone was coming, but Nick wanted to wait for someone to show up. Nick said, “The minister glanced several times at his watch, so I took him aside and asked him to wait for half an hour. But it wasn’t any use. Nobody came”(174). No one came to Gatsby’s funeral to show that who actually cared for Gatsby in times of paying respects for someone 's life. Nick being responsible for Gatsby’s dream he felt responsible for setting up his funeral, he was able to realize how important he was to Gatsby. The fact that Nick was the one to organize Gatsby’s funeral showed he had no form of relationships with his family, which showed the lack of respect of classes in society as well. Gatsby came from a poor family, he cut his ties with them because he did not want

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