Character Counts: Nick
The Great Gatsby is one of the bestselling books in America. The novel was written by a man who is considered to be one of the greatest writers and one of America’s biggest dreamers, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald made it incredibly easy for a reader to really figure out the personalities his characters had right when they are shown for the first time. He created a character in The Great Gatsby who, unlike the other characters, seemed to show good qualities about himself throughout the entire novel, Nick Carraway. Nick is the narrator of the story, showing his perspective and thoughts on situations that happen in the novel. Nick shows his trustworthiness by never being a judgmental person, responsibility by minding his own business but stepping in when he needs to, and respect by always being polite to others.
At the very beginning of the novel Nick clearly states that “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” (Fitzgerald 64), making him a very trustworthy man. This is when the readers find out what kind of character Nick portrays in the book. He is saying that in his life, honesty is something that he has not really been able to find in another person, which is why he sees himself as the most honest person he knows. Nick seems to take advice that was given to him by his family members. One very important piece of advice given to him by his father was that “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had…In consequence I’m inclined to reserve all judgments” (Fitzgerald 5). This is very important because Nick has taught himself to be a person who does not judge people right off the bat. He shows the readers that people can come to him, trusting him, and he will not judge them. Throughout the novel, Nick shows his trustworthiness in many ways and never fails...
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