The character Nick Carraway in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby evolves throughout the book. Carraway changes due to his lifestyle choices, such as going to parties and trying to “fit in” with a new crowd. The different characters with whom he involves himself shape him, for example, his mysterious neighbor Jay Gatsby, and self-centered cousin, Daisy Buchanan. Carraway changes for better, and sometimes for worse in Fitzgerald’s novel.
Nick is the narrator, and he describes himself as a man with reserved judgments on people The only thing he does judge is what his neighbor, Jay Gatsby, represents, which is wealth and privilege, but Nick admits he was wrong and Gatsby turns in to one of his closest friends. Nick comes from a prominent, well-to-do family in the mid-west. He graduates from Yale in 1915 and soon after moves east to New York to learn about the bond business. Nick moves to West Egg, a slender island near New York City. He rents a small home, what he calls an “eye sore,” but he is okay with this because of his home’s comforting proximity to surrounding millionaires. Little does he know that the problem with the “fantastic” lifestyle of New York is that it rarely offers anything below the surface.
Nick is a modest, hardworking, genuine, and straightforward person in the beginning of the novel. He lives a simple life, and is determined to make something out of it. Nick has some ties to the wealthy; however, he is not one of the elite himself. Gatsby, Daisy, Jordan Baker, and Tom Buchanan expose Nick to the life of luxury. These characters are fully responsible for changing Nick’s personality, lifestyle, and morals.
Tom, Nick’s old college friend, has a profound effect on Nick after he moves to New York. Nick tries to “fit in” with people like Tom, and loses sight of the authentic and genuine things in life. The first instance of this is when Tom and Nick are riding on the train to the city, and Tom forces Nick to get out at the stop in the valley of ashes for the purpose of meeting his love, Myrtle Wilson. Nick knows that adultery is wrong, yet he does not speak up, and he learns to accept that this is a part...