Why Nick’s Sexuality Is Essential To Read ‘The Great Gatsby’

Why Nick’s Sexuality Is Essential To Read ‘The Great Gatsby’

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Last semester, I read The Great Gatsby in one of my classes, and my professor raised this question: Is Nick Carraway a moral character? After a brief discussion, we concluded that, yes, he is; after all, he often criticizes the debauchery of the New York elite, which certainly help guide the reader into the belief that he leads a principled lifestyle. But, after a closer examination of the text, we discover that he is not be as honest as he claims to be. At the end of Chapter 2, after the ostentatious behavior and conversation at Tom Buchanan’s Morningstar Heights apartment that …

Happy Anniversary to ‘The Great Gatsby’!

Happy Anniversary to ‘The Great Gatsby’!

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Happy anniversary to The Great Gatsby! Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this seminal work was published on this day (April 10th) in 1925, at the height of the Roaring Twenties. Fitzgerald’s novel takes place in the fictional towns of West and East Egg in Long Island, centering around the mysterious billionaire Jay Gatsby as told from the point of view of character Nick Carraway. The novel’s themes harshly critique the decadence of the American lifestyle, deconstructing idealism, social upheaval, hedonism, and resistance to change to reveal Gatsby’s story to be more tragic than aspirational, a cautionary tale about the American Dream itself. …