Great Gatsby Essay

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Every stereotype is based in some sort of truth. There is no stereotype in the world that holds true for everyone but in novels authors utilize these stereotypes to represent a character so that the character will be easier to connect with. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is no exception to this. In this novel Fitzgerald utilizes many of his characters to show various traits. Fitzgerald uses Nick who is the narrator as a way to show honesty, trustworthiness and a way to show the contrast between the Midwest and the East Coast. To begin with honesty is a trait that is extremely important to show in The Great Gatsby due to the fact it is filled with lies, lust and distrust. Nick is a man from the Midwest who wants to get away from his family and experience something different then the Midwest. The problem though is that Nick is an honest man and that will not get him far in the city. Nick himself evens says “I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known”(Page 64). Honesty is a rare trait for many even today. The average person tells many lies in a day and they are instilled to us as children. Parents talk about Santa, the Easter Bunny, and the tooth fairy and say that they are real when really they are just lying to their children. Also in the novel Nick serves as the confidant for many of the characters. It is due to his calm laid back nature Gatsby begins to trust him and give him information about his past and who he really is. “I was unjustly accused of being a politician, because I was privy to the secret griefs of wild, unknown men. Most of the confidences were unsought--frequently I have feigned sleep, preoccupation, or a hostile levity when I realized by some unmistakable sign that an intimate revelation was quivering on the horizon; for the intimate revelations of young men, or at least the terms in which they express them, are usually plagiaristic and marred by obvious suppressions. Reserving judgments is a matter of infinite...
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