The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald Essay examples

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Depicting masculinity: The Great Gatsby There are many different types of people in this world that try to persuade others on how dominate and powerful they can be. Some can show it off really easy with material things and others have a struggle to find it. Throughout the dramatic novel of The Great Gatsby, three different male characters display their own unique traits on how they show off their manliness. Whether it’s through the classic strong man of Tom Buchanan, the new money and sketchy background of Jay Gatsby or the quiet, soul searching Nick Caraway, there is a sense of competition among this group of men to establish masculinity in their own different way. In the story, one of these characters distinguished his masculinity in a …show more content…
He just needed to stick to his priorities to demonstrate that he knows what he wants to do but instead got commanded to stay with the group. This explains a weakness in Nick’s masculinity that he can’t make his own decisions and just goes along with what the rest of the group is doing when they were in the city and not just simply doing a favor for a friend. There have been many other times in which Nick’s masculinity is observed as not being as strong as the other characters throughout the story. Another example of Nick not exerting his masculinity comes later in the story when he says goodbye to Jordan. While saying goodbye to Jordan, she lashed out on him on how he wasn’t good for her by saying “ ‘Nevertheless you did throw me over,’ Jordan said suddenly. ‘You threw me over on the telephone. I don’t give a damn about you now, but it was a new experience for me’ ”(Fitzgerald, 177). This piece of the story describes how Nick’s masculinity is affected on the sense of how he could not care about someone he had one time had feelings for. If Nick put forth a little bit more confidence and interest into Jordan acting in his shy way, he might have had a shot to at least go out with a well-known celebrity. Even though Nick represents what a loyal and caring friend is, he needed to put his foot down in tough situations

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