February 15, 2005

The many faces of Nick Carraway

The second half of this novel threw many surprises at me, and the most surprising was the character change of Nick. I admit that before class last week i did not see Nick as a manipulative character, however during class i changed my mind. But in this second half, he came across to me as kind and a little vulnerable. I got the impression that he kinda cared about Gatsby. He was worried about him, and he had a feeling that something was going wrong the day after Myrtles murder. He even says that he called him and tried to concentrate, and it was only just noon. His character really changes when hes trying to locate all of Gatsby's friends to come to the funeral. I mean i think Nick just felt bad, but nobody would have tried as hard as Nick if they sincerely didn't care about them. It was just really interesting to me that Nick in a sense got manipulated. He fell for Gatsby and i think that is shown by his devotion to him by attending the funeral. Wolfsheim doesn't even attend the funeral, and he was his closest friend. I'm still not sure exactly how i feel about Nick's character, but i do feel that he did alot of changing.

Also, with the whole concept of Gatsby is God, i agree especially with the concept of Gatsby dying for Daisy's sin. This idea couldn't be more clearer that Gatsby is in fact God.

Posted by MaggiQuinlan at February 15, 2005 7:31 PM

Indeed, Nick shows us many faces throughout the course of the book. He turns almost romantic with Jordan, quite annoyed with Tom and Myrtle, and takes various stances towards Gatsby and Daisy in the story. Amazing how the narrator is usually the foundation--something you can depend on NOT to change--and here we find Nick just wavering on all accounts!

Gatsby dying for Daisy's sins, eh? I like that concept. I'm not sure if it's inferred or actually implied by Fitz, but it sounds credible. I'm just not sure I like the religious reference (I get sort of skeptical about those because I don't want to feel like my beliefs are being belittled in being compared to something so commong).

Posted by: Karissa at February 15, 2005 7:48 PM

Gatsby did die for Daisy's sins, didn't he? That idea of Gatsby = God is so neat-o, man! I'm glad that it followed through on the rest of the book. Here's the entry about that:


Also, I agree that Nick isn't such a bad guy: he just got caught up in the madness. If anyone's awful in the story, I think it's Daisy! She -let- Gatsby die for her sins!

Posted by: moira at February 15, 2005 9:22 PM

I agree with what you said about nick's character turning almost vulnerable. With Nick's changes however I am a bit confused on why exactly he goes from lovng to hating Jordan. I wonder if it is because he feels that Jordan's lifestyle was manipulating him.

Posted by: Holly at February 16, 2005 10:20 PM

I think he ends up disliking Jordan because he realizes that she is just like the rest of them. He knows Jordan is dishonest to begin with remember the scam with her moving the golf ball or something like that and when he went to visit her at the end she is engaged to another man! She's just as screwed up as the rest of them.

Posted by: Mary Anderson at February 17, 2005 11:43 AM

I thought that Nick matured through the second half of the book. His character changed and i think he learned a lot from everything and became the responsable person.

Posted by: Scott at February 17, 2005 4:56 PM

I think nicks character definitely changed as I read the book. He seemed like an introvert and a follower. He listened and analyzed the conversation of the people around him. He was the link among many of the characters. The death of the he neighbor and beloved friend- Gatsby, converted him in a leader and extrovert. Like you said he tried to organize Gatsby’s funeral with no avail. A man is judge by his legacy. The great Gatsby was obviously not a fitting name for him because his peers didn’t think he was the great.

Posted by: lanre at February 22, 2005 9:17 PM

I really believe that Nick was a great guy. Throughout the first half of the book I felt as though he may be very manipulative and dishonest, but I saw his character growing throughhis friendship to Gatspy. He really came around for his friend after his death and proved himself to be loyal and caring. Nick expressed himself as non-judgmental at the opening of the story, but his descriptions of events helped the readers to see he did have thoughts on them. I agree that Nick was an observer throughout the story, but he doesn't show his real emotions toward Gatspy until the ending. Eventually, Nick leaves behind the "rotten crowd" and leaves a changed man.

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