Gatsby and Carraway in "The Great Gatsby" Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of the characters of Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby in F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby".
# 146587 | 2,024 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 04, 2011 in Literature (American)

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The paper analyzes how Nick and Gatsby are constructed throughout F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby". The paper focuses on these characters' apparent opposition in terms of character and goals and ultimately argues that they are not necessarily opposite but complementary.

From the Paper:

""The Great Gatsby" was first published on April 10, 1925, and is regarded as Fitzgerald's literary triumph, and an American masterpiece. The novel depicts the story of a boy who pursues his dream and in the process, transforms himself into the image of success, and captures the essence of "an anguished and hopelessly romantic hero." (Pelzer 77) The story Fitzgerald constructed around the American dream is in fact the story of America. His dream is the center of the novel, and becomes corrupted by money and "betrayed by carelessness" (Idem). In this sense, Gatsby's failures and successes are America's failures and successes, and this makes him an iconic figure in American literature. Nick Carraway is a young man from Minnesota who travels to New York City in 1922 to learn the bond business. He is revealed to the reader as the opposite of Gatsby, a reflective, kind-hearted and quiet man."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fitzgerald, Francis Scott. The Great Gatsby. Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • Gross, Dalton. Understanding the Great Gatsby: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents. Greenwood Press, 1998.
  • Mizener, Arthur. F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Collection of Critical Essays. Prentice-Hall, 1963.
  • Pelzer, Linda C. Student Companion to F. Scott Fitzgerald. Greenwood Press, 2000.

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