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Great Gatsby Analysis

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In The Great Gatsby many events happen between the beginning and end of the book. These events not only change the way the reader looks at each character, but how each character acts in the novel. Starting in the beginning of the book, the narrator and main character Nick Carraway is a westerner filled with childish joys and wonders of the eastern world. Jay Gatsby is very rich person who throws extravagant parties, pulling in party go-ers from lands all around. Although there are constant weekend parties, and thousands of guests, nobody actually knows who the real Jay Gatsby is.

In The Great Gatsby Nick is the only character who changed. At the beginning of the book Nick sees many bad acts around him, Tom cheating on Daisy with Myrtle Wilson, and illegal business deals. At first Nick tries to block out everything from this eastern world, but as the story goes on he realizes that he can not simply block them out, he needs to escape them because his new "friends" are covering themselves in more and more lies. At the end of the story it really hits Nick that he does not belong in West Egg, when no one besides Nick, Owl eyes, a few servants, and Gatsby's dad arrive at Gatsby's funeral. Nobody (besides Owl Eyes) who flocked to attend Gatsby's act of hospitality on the weekends arrived. Once this had happened Nick made the decision to leave the east and its superficial inhabitants.

Gatsby, (although he did become more open to his past with Nick as the story progressed) on the other hand is incapable of changing. From the time he first met Daisy, he has had this dream of being together with Daisy, but that was five years ago. Time has changed, and the spark between them is beginning to fade, but Gatsby can not let go to what they had. He throws extravagant parties to get her into his household, he speaks of his money, and even attempts to persuade her that she never loved Tom. "Daisy, that's all over now," he



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