Narrative Essay I chose Nick Carraway from the book The Great Gatsby to compare and contrast myself with; I believe that I have similar character traits as him. Throughout The Great Gatsby Nick is proven to be opened minded, non-judgmental, tolerant, and also a good listener. Nick Carraway is the one character that almost all of the characters from the Great Gatsby talk to and share their secrets with; he is entrusted with information from both ends of the affairs of the Buchanan’s. I believe that I am also a good listener; I feel this way because many of my friends come to me when they need to talk to someone because I let them tell their story and try to understand their point of view. To be a good listener people also need to be open minded and non-judgmental. In the book before Nick makes any final assessments of the other characters he tries to see the whole picture and understand their actions. I believe it is very important to be non-judgmental and open minded because who am I to judge someone when I will never be able to know everything they’ve been through. Whenever I hear a story, I always try to see both points of view and not judge based on only a bit or piece of the story.
Being open minded and being tolerant kind of go hand in hand, I believe this because for me to be open minded I also have to tolerate characteristics or people that I may not agree with. Nick is very tolerant in the Great Gatsby because even though he may not agree with some of the characters actions and decisions he doesn’t act rudely or inappropriate due to the fact that he doesn’t agree with them.
Although I would like to believe he and I have similar personalities there is one major difference between Nick and I. Throughout the whole book Nick goes along with the parties and isn’t honest about the affairs, he disapproves of the other characters actions but he still interacts with them and goes along with their actions. If I don’t agree with someone’s actions I am