Nick's Destruction In The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Throughout the course of world renowned author F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, Nick believes that, “Reserving judgement is a matter of infinite hope”(Fitzgerald 2) which he is shown to contradict, letting his morals take control over his actions and thoughts. Nick’s morals and values are shown to be strong when he faces people with different beliefs than him. Nick avoids personal destruction by showing unwavering loyalty, while still adhering to his morals, causing Nick to critique the lack of respect associated with the East Egg community.
Through the progression of the novel, Nick remains lawful toward Gatsby. He has a great influence on Nick’s life, but Nick still manages to stay aware of his core values. This is shown when
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Being aware of Gatsby’s intentions Nick disapproves of his offer saying “Because the offer was obviously and tactlessly for a service to be rendered, I had no choice except to cut him off there.”(Fitzgerald 83) Through the series of circumstances in this book, Nick’s devotion is unwavering. Time and time again throughout the novel whenever Gatsby would throw a party, people from all over New York and East egg would arrive to partake in the festivities even when they were not invited and had no intention of taking the time out to seek out the host. Nick’s devotion to Gatsby is proven in that the way he acts is contradictory to what the people from East egg and New York would do: he would always wait for an invitation before attending the event and would make the time to meet Gatsby. It is seemingly easy for Gatsby’s character to be taken advantage of as it has been done by almost every character, (like how Daisy and Tom allowed Wilson to think that Gatsby was the one driving the yellow car that killed Myrtle), however, despite this Nick refuses to do the same. For example, preceding Gatsby’s death, Mr. Klipspringer who had been living in Gatsby’s home for weeks called and instead of acknowledging the death of Gatsby who’d offered so much of …show more content…
This is introduced when Nick is seen speaking to Gatsby after knowing who caused Myrtle’s death. This makes Nick feel compassion towards Gatsby and judge the actions of Tom and Daisy upon leaving them the night of Myrtle’s death. Nick openly told Gatsby that: “They’re a rotten crowd...You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.”(Fitzgerald 154) Nick felt at ease expressing his opinion to Gatsby, while critiquing the principles of the Buchannan's through their lack of respect for the deceased. Nick also enables himself to realize and critique Daisy’s intentions through her voice, “That was it. I’d never understood before. It was full of money-that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the cymbals’ song of it…”(Fitzgerald 120) This gives Nick insight on Daisy’s character and what her morals are while being part of a love triangle with Gatsby and Tom. Nick can sense that Daisy isn’t concerned with who she is with, so long as that person is of equal status, ( preferably someone in the East Egg community). Because of his level of self control, Nick doesn’t let his cousin alter his way of thinking. This allows him to create distance between the ties he has with Jordan Baker and the

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