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Nick vs Gatsby

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The name of this novel is “ The Great Gatsby” the author is F. Scott Fitzgerald. In 1920 F. Scott Fitzgerald married Zelda Sayre. Their traumatic marriage and subsequent breakdowns became the leading influence of this novel. In this novel Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby were interesting characters. They are many differences between them. The most three differences between them are social status, lifestyles, and personality. First, the social status between Nick and Gatsby is completely different. Nick is a middle class man who lives in a small house. “My house was at the very tip of the egg, only fifty yards from the Sound, and squeezed between two huge places that rented for twelve or fifteen thousand a season”(Fitzgerald 10). He chooses to stay in area where socially rich people stay. Thought he cannot afford high cost of rents there, he somehow adjust himself into a moderate looking house, in the same area. However, Gatsby who lives beside Nick house is a fabulously wealthy young man living in a Gothic mansion. “It was a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and marble swimming pool, and more than forty acres of lawn and the garden” (Fitzgerald 11). Gatsby has a big house and it sparking beautiful. He has all of American Dream in 1920. He appears surrounded by spectacular luxury, courted by powerful men and beautiful women. Another part is Nick and Gatsby have different lifestyles. Nick even though he lives in a rich people area but he does not have a lot of money like people in this area. He is happy with the life he has now. He does not want money. On the one hand, Nick is attracted to the fast-paced, fun-driven lifestyle of New York. On the other hand, he finds that lifestyle grotesque and damaging. However, Nick states that there is a “quality of distortion” to life in New York, and this lifestyle makes him lose his equilibrium, especially early in the novel, as...

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