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The Great Gatsby The Life Of A Good Man

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The Life of a Good ManNick Caraway, the narrator of The Great Gatsby, introduces himself as a thoughtful and moral human being. He recites the advice his father gave him earlier in his life: "Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages you've had" (Fitgerald 1). This taught him not to be selfish even though he had material advantages over other people. I think that Tom, Daisy and Gatsby should have been taught this lesson earlier. Now with all their wealth and everything you would think they would be happy, but they are not. Nick Caraway was a very thoughtful man. In the following quote it show how others feel about Nick "In his final actions from the time of Gatsby's death to his return to the Midwest-Nick's behavior reflects his practice of the values that the Public Philosophers believed gave a society its ...view middle of the document...

Now before he died Jay Gatsby always thew extravagent parties and entertained people, but the people did not even have the respect to go to the man funeral. Nick Caraway even went to the trouble of contacting all the people for the funeral including his long friend Mr.Wolfiem who said, " I cant do it- I can't get mixed up in it"(Fitzgerald 115). Another thing about Nick's thoughtfulness was that he always was that he was always there to lend an ear when somebody needed to talk to him about something. Though out the book we find Gatsby confides with nick with the problems he faces day to day. Another thing that stands out about Nick Caraway is his moral standards. "Nick Carraway, a sympathetic Midwestern lost soul, serves as narrator and guide through New York society".Now Tom are good examples of what not be they were careless people as expressed by this quote " They were careless people Tom and Daisy- they smashed up things and creatures and then retreat back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever else keeps them together, and let other people clean up the miss they had made"( Fitzgerald 120). He kept his moral standards and did not become corrupt by being with them. Also when Gatsby offered him a job he refused saying he wanted to earn his money legally. Another time were he showed moral standards is when Myrtle got hit by the car. Nobody really deeply seemed to care beside Wilson. Everybody just seemed to take advantage of it Tom used it to get rid of Gatsby, and daisy did not seem to really care. Nick was the only one who saw something wrong about this. This essay shows that Nick was a good man he stood out in a time of beaver coats, hooch, roadsters, flappers, the Charleston, and hot jazz. This is the kind of a friend everyone likes to have. He is thoughtful, kind, and a good example to be like other people should be like him.Work SitedArtadia, . "F. Scott Fitzgerald." Art and Culture Network 2003. 07 Jul 2005Berman, Ronald. "The Great Gatsby and Fitzgerald's World of Ideas." U of Alabama P, 1997 1999. 07 Jul 2005 .Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons,.

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