How Does Nick Describe Himself in the Beginning of The Book

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby, is a novel published in the year 1925 by the children of Charles Scribner, authored by Scott Fitzgerald

It is an unfortunate tragic story about a Millionaire man named Jay Gatsby and the love of his life, Daisy, whom he fell in love with at a very young age.

Nick Carraway, a graduate of Yale University, is seen to be describing/narrating this book throughout. Initially, from Midwest moved to New York after the event of World War I to advance his career.

In this book, he takes us on the journey through flashbacks of his summer spent in the East two years later.

This book, later on, was dramatized with Leonardo DiCaprio and Toby Maguire as cast members. It was a masterpiece liked and applauded by all.

The Plot

This movie/ novel depicts three things

  1. The urge and importance of earning money. The power it gives to the person, and to what extent one should go for in search of this.
  2. Finding true love.
  3. Stereotyping of men and women, their superiority and behavior.

Three aspects, three different stories. Each with a different background and journey, carefully unfold and meet at a coinciding point from where F. Scott Fitzgerald immaculately explains the fate of each story. The power of money, the hunger for true love, and finally, men and women in society.

How Does Nick Describe Himself at The Beginning of the Book?

In the beginning of this book, Nick describes himself as a non-judgmental and tolerant personality with more privileged decencies than most people.

Nick calls himself “one of the few honest people that I have ever known.” He is easy to get along with, polite but not afraid to call out when required. This does not necessarily mean that he is a good or considerate person.

Nick according to his perception is a man of standards and culture and gives himself much credit for the way he appears to be in the era.

Nick describes himself as a person with great wisdom and patience towards people.  He often reserves his judgements and comments, does not indulge in matters unnecessarily. Mostly, he tries not to get a chance to confront negative opinions.

Nick, gradually falls into the pit of this world due to his love for Jordan and his friends, Gatsby, Daisy, and Tom.

The further his character goes in the book/ movie, the less honest and more judgmental he gets. Which clearly contradicts his opinion about himself. This happens to a point where Jordan, his partner, has to call him out for being a hypocrite. And that he is as flawed as anybody else.

He realizes his error of ways by the end of the book after confrontation with Jordan.

His direction towards the unjust and dishonest lifestyle which leads him to flee back to the West.

Now, Nick doesn’t seem like a person to run away or part ways like a coward. What makes sense is his sudden perception of himself. Maybe, he is not as great and honest he gives himself credit for. Maybe he realizes that there is no real difference between the two, which scares him.


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