The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1082 Words Nov 8th, 2015 5 Pages
“A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which [one is] wafted to a world that [one] cannot enter in any other way.” This quote by Caroline Gordon shows just how important books are and how it can impact one 's life. This quote expresses the world of feeling and imagination that reading can express. The Great Gatsby enters the world of the 1920’s and takes one on the ride of Gatsby’s memoir. It also teaches many lessons one of which can be that in order to avoid personal destruction one must remain true to moral values. In the Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald shows it is evident that Nick, who is true to his moral values can avoid personal destruction, however Mr. Wilson is true to his moral values but is destroyed and Gatsby is not true which ultimately leads his personal destruction.
First of all, Nick, one of the most prominent characters, avoids personal destruction only due to his strong moral values. Nick moves east to learn about the bond business. He learns the attitudes of the people and is skeptic about their behaviour and one day Gatsby mentions that he “[carries] a little business on the side” (Fitzgerald, 4, 82). When Gatsby wants to get Nick hooked into his business, Nick refuses because he does not want to get his hands dirty. When Nick is addressed by Gatsby as he says, “It wouldn’t take up much … time and [one] might pick up a nice bit of money” (4, 83). Nick chooses to earn his money the proper way without illegal acts and thus shows how Nick remains…

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