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You Can't Repeat The Past Essay

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In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s fictional novel The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway, the narrator, and Jay Gatsby become close friends and change, mentally, and emotionally, as they become closer throughout the book. Nick becomes more involved with “rich people” and starts to change his attitude while Gatsby changes completely when he gets what he deserves.

Gatsby at first was an unknown character. He is thought to be a murderer, bootlegger, an Oxford man, and was part of the military during World War I; Nick was lucky enough to find that the last two were true. In the car on the way to lunch Gatsby and Nick were driving through the valley of the ashes as Gatsby was explaining his story. Gatsby ...view middle of the document...

So, he paused and waited, then kissed her. While kissing her he lost himself to Cupid’s arrow and lost sight of the reasons of his goals. After leaving his reasons for his goals he made new ones, but was also forced to leave Daisy as he was pulled into the war. This only made his motivation, stronger to become rich for Daisy instead of himself. Gatsby became the hopeless romantic of the story and lost himself more the longer he romanticized about Daisy.

The narrator of the story, Nick Carraway, believes and sees himself as the on of the few most honest people there is. In fact he even tells Jordan, his girlfriend, “I am one of the few honest people I have ever known” (59). This shows Nick isn’t afraid to be honest and tell people what is really going on. Nick also at this moment in time when he said this, was also starting to lose his honesty in the story. In the beginning of the story he talks about how he moves to West Egg “the less fashionable” version of East Egg. He makes a comment in the story where he has a small “eye-sore” of a house but he gets to live next to millionaires, which he supposed was the next best thing. Being that Nick just moves there and he has little money, he does not do much. When he starts to get involved with the Higher Class of West Egg, his distant cousin Daisy, he starts to party a little more and get into...

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