Slaughterhouse Five Humankin Essay

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Nick's Reality In the novel, The Great Gatsby, written in 1925 by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the character Nick Carraway has a view of reality like many people in today's society. Nick is the type of person who is both unrealistic and realistic at the same time. The realistic part of Nick shows the reader the character flaws of Jordan, Gatsby, Daisy, and Tom while his unrealistic nature shows how he opinionated himself to be better and more honest then the rest. Nick Carraway's reality is that he thinks he is better then the other character's in the novel because he reserves judgement and is honest, but it is apparent throughout the novel, he is one in the same. Therefore F. Scott Fitzgerald shows the reader that Nick's reality is consequently representing the universal experience of man.Funk and Wagnalls Standard Desk Dictionary defines reality as 1. The fact, state, or quality of being real or genuine. 2. That which is real; an actual thing, situation, or event. One cannot know what someone else's reality is until you know that person very well or you read about their life story somewhere. Reality in The Great Gatsby was to fulfill "The American Dream" by one thinking they are better then the others; with the concept of having fame, wealth, and being good looking. Reality is that you cannot be happy without being happy with yourself. In the novel the character's were not happy with themselves. Eg. Gatsby who was a mysterious man, did everything to impress one women which was Daisy, with his nice house, expensive clothes, and big parties. Gatsby wasn't happy with himself, everything was an act to show off to Daisy that he had money. People universally are just content with themselves because they are afraid to accept the truth. Nick realized that he had a problem with humankind through realizing what humans are really like, especially through Gatsby.Nick's reality in the novel The Great Gatsby is that he thinks he is not like the other character's because he is educated, not involved with a married women like Gatsby, he earned his money the honest way and not by bootlegging, but in reality, the truth is that he really is like the other character's. Nick is swept into love affairs, corruption and even murder because everyone confides and places trust in him. Nick says that he is one of the few honest people he knows and that his character appears very pure amidst all the corrupt people in the novel. " 'The rumour is that that's Tom's girl on the telephone'... 'No, he's not, I assured her. It's a bona-fide deal. I happen to know about it'...

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