The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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In the book The Great Gatsby, Scott Fitzgerald reveals the dangers of wealth. In the book, various characters are turned into soulless monsters because of their exorbitant fortunes. In contrast to all these characters, Nick Carraway, the narrator of the novel, is a newcomer who is new to the life of the wealthy. In the course of the book Nick Carraway changes from dreaming of a fortune to learning what ruin such a fortune brings.

In the beginning of the book, Nick is a young man with an ambition for wealth. Nick hails from a family with traditional midwestern values of hard work and acceptance. He starts his career as a soldier in The Great War. This is how he sets up his moral compass and he projects this standard onto the rest of the world. Nick states “When I came back from the East last autumn I felt that I wanted the world to be in uniform and at a sort of moral attention.”(19) Seeking the excitement of war, Nick moves out of his plain life in the midwest and makes his fortune selling bonds in Long Island. He moves to the so called West Egg, which is located on a narrow bay opposite to the more wealthy East Egg, allowing Nick to interact with the characters in the novel. This is where the less affluent people live. Moreover, Nick has become disenchanted with the East Egg and has moved in hopes of finding more riveting personalities. In fact, he has moved in with some of the most eccentric people to live in New York! Nick has reconnected with his cousin Daisy, a…

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