Great Gatsby Evaluation Throughout the course of any literary work many of the characters go though some sort of a change. These changes maybe life lessons which are necessary to obtain in life. These lessons include undergoing a development of responsibility or morality. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nick Carraway is a character that develops a sense of moral responsibility throughout the novel. This novel opens in the summer of 1922 in West Egg, Long Island.
The main character, Nick Carraway moves to Long Island to begin his career in the bond business. It is here where his cousin Daisy Buchanan lives with her husband Tom. Nick also meets his wealthy neighbor when Jay Gatsby invites Nick to a party. They become good friends and Nick Carraway learns about Jays mysterious past as well as the past between Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. It is Jay Gatsbys corruption of the “American Dream” which leads toward his inevitable downfall.
Nick Carraway, Jay Gatsby, and Daisy Buchanan make up the three main characters of this novel. Nick Carraway is the narrator of this novel and the most important character. Nick is a tolerant person and is also not willing to judge people. His sympathy for other people in particular Jay Gatsby is shown through this quote, “If personality is an ubroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life, as if he were related to one of those intricate machines that register earthquakes ten thousand miles away”(6). Jay Gatsby is wealthy and has everything except his “golden girl”. He will do anything to fulfill his American dream by winning the heart of Daisy Buchanan.
However, it is his controversial career and his controversial past which is described as, “I found out what your drug stores were. He turned to us and spoke rapidly. He and this Wolfshiem bought up a lot of side-street drug stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter. Thats one of his little stunts. I picked him for a bootlegger the first time I saw him and I wasnt far wrong.”(141).
Daisy Buchanan is the wife of Tom Buchanan and is having an affair with Jay Gatsby. In this novel she is the “golden girl” that every mans desires. However, Daisy as well as her husband were careless and cold hearted people, “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy-they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast clearness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made..”(188). What makes a novel unique is its style of writing F. Scott Fitzgerald accomplishes this by the use of voice, tone, and time.
Nick Carraway is the narrator of this novel and includes himself in the plot. Nick confines the reader only to what he can experience and hear. Also, Nick Carraway produces many moral judgments of the other characters, which he relays to the reader. This allows opinions to be made by a person in the action. Equally important to they style of writing, the author uses tone. In order for the mood to be set the author uses images with color, sound, and detail.
Nick describes the atmosphere of one of Gatsbys parties as, “The moon had risen higher, and floating in the Sound was a triangle of silver scales, trembling a little to the stiff, tinny drip of the banjoes on the lawn.”(51). Furthermore the time span in which the story unfolds adds to they style of writing. Nicks story develops chronologically in the novels present from early summer to October. On the contrary, the reader needs information to understand Gatsbys past, which appears in flashbacks. This allows for the integration of Gatsby and the development of the plot. Consequently the use of voice, tone, and time enhances the overall theme and impression of the piece.
One of the many themes the author represents throughout the course of the literary work is the corruption of the American dream. Jay Gatsby is a man who believes that he can fulfill his romantic desires with his wealth. Referring to the title The Great Gatsby, Jay is neither great nor is his real name Gatsby. He is a crook and a bootlegger, who involves himself with the man who fixes the 1919 World Series. Besides Jay, Daisy and Tom are characters who represent the corruption of the American dream.
They are both indirectly the cause of Gatsbys death. Morality is a life lesson, which should be obtained in a persons lifetime. Without these morals a person cannot succeed in life. This is shown through the character Jay Gatsby. However, Nick Carraway does obtain this life lesson and he benefits from it.