Nature Vs. Nurture In The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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There has been a centuries-long debate about the influence of nature versus nurture and the conclusion is that both influence a person. This age-old argument is seen in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald as the geography surrounding the characters would create vastly different personalities if set somewhere else. Not only does the state The Great Gatsby is set in impact the whole story, but also the location of where the characters live and, as Thomas C. Foster mentions in How To Read Literature Like A Professor, how “humans inhabiting space. . . the spaces inhabiting humans” (Foster 174) have a profound effect. Set in the city of New York, The Great Gatsby has the perfect location to create an influence on the flow of events, that would …show more content…
. . I’d had enough of all of them for one day” (142). “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money and vast carelessness. . . and let other people clean up the mess they had made” (179). Nick notices how the Buchanan’s would rather ignore Myrtle’s death than embrace the problem and he is disgusted by that; having grown up in the Midwest where something like that death would have had a much greater effect. The saying goes “You can take the boy out of the Midwest, but you can’t take the Midwest out of the boy”, which reiterates how the geography has an imprint on the people dwelling there. This negligence of the Buchanan’s jades Nick once and for all, and sends him running back home to the Midwest. Gatsby was in love with the idea of Daisy, and after his death, Nick began to pity him; the East “always had for me a quality of distortion (176)” and seeing it react to Gatsby’s death jaded Nick. The city, the people, and the houses in The Great Gatsby all come together to create a story of a fascination taken to the extreme, but then again what would people not do for

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