Cardinal Virtues in the Great Gatsby

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Cardinal Virtues: Chapter 3 The Great Gatsby
In the final line of chapter 3, after revealing Jordan Baker’s “incurable dishonesty,” Nick Carraway says the following about himself: “Everyone suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people I have ever known.” (64)

What are the Cardinal Virtues? Cardinal basically means the most basic or hinge elements, therefore the cardinal virtues are the positive qualities that all other virtues are hinged, or based upon. Here are some famous lists of virtues from the past… Four Cardinal Virtues: Prudence (good judgment), Justice (fairness), Restraint (self-control), Courage/Fortitude

Charity / The Golden Rule – Treat others as you would like to be treated

Seven Heavenly Virtues, which oppose the Seven Deadly Sins: Chastity, Temperance, Charity, Diligence, Patience, Kindness, and Humility. From the Ten Commandments we can add: Respect and Honesty
Benjamin Franklin’s 13 Virtues:
1. TEMPERANCE. 2. SILENCE. 3. ORDER. 4. RESOLUTION. 5. FRUGALITY. 6. INDUSTRY. 7. SINCERITY. 8. JUSTICE. 9. MODERATION. 10. CLEANLINESS. 11.TRANQUILLITY. 12. CHASTITY. 13. HUMILITY.

Are there any important missing virtues that you would add to these lists? I don't think so.
What cardinal virtue do you “suspect yourself of,” more so than you see in most of your peers? How did you come by it? Why is it important to you? What are the pros and cons of living by this virtue? (Write at least a paragraph.)

I believe that having courage is one of the most important values to have because courage is helpful in all situations. Whether bullying is going on or someone is pushing you around, or you just need to stand up in front of people to say something it is helpful in all situations. One of the pros of living by this virtue is the fact that you should always stand up for what you believe in and say what needs to be said while a con is the fact that sometimes people...
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