Narrrator, Honest, and Confidant!

Nick's Dream

Nick Carraway's dream in The Great Gatsby was to determine right and wrong in a very different society, while still remaining himself. Nick says, "Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known" (Fitzgerald 59). This shows how honesty is one of the things he feels is right, yet absent in this new environment he has entered. I feel that Nick truly is a sweet guy who only wants to do the right thing, we see this when he says, "I wanted no more riotous excursions with privileged glimpses into the human heart" (Fitzgerald 2).

Symbol: Camera

I thought that binoculars were a great representation of Nick Carraway. He finds the boundaries of right and wrong and he stays focused on doing right, like a camera focus' on an object, Nick says, "I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life" (Fitzgerald 35). Nick is especially great at restraining himself from bad or insulting behavior, "With an effort I managed to restrain my incredulous laughter" (Fitzgerald 66). Another thing that Nick focus' on is he cares for others and wants everyone else to make the right decision, "It seemed to be the thing for Daisy to do was to rush out of the house, child in arms, but apparently there where no such intentions in her head" (Fitzgerald 20).

Character Traits

Nick is truly a honest man and a confidant you can lean on, "I wanted to go into the room where Gatsby lay and reassure him, 'I'll get somebody for you, Gatsby. Don't worry ... " (Fitzgerald 164). Nick proves he is a honest man when he comes through with his promise and Gatsby's father arrives at Gatsby's funeral. He is also very conservative, we see this when Nick is shocked that he was the only and first guest invited to one of Gatsby's great parties, "I had been actually invited" (Fitzgerald 41). He is also very nonjudgmental, "A sense of fundamental decencies is parceled out unequally at birth" (Fitzgerald 7). It also explains why Nick doesn't like to argue with people.

Color Representation: Transparency

In fact, there is not a color that describes Nick. He is a very transparent character and we do not know much about him. Nick does not have a color like Gatsby, Daisy or Tom because we see that Nick does not like to compete with these people and he sees straight through them like a transparent sheet, "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy - they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness ... and let other people clean up the mess they made" (Fitzgerald 179). When Daisy is comparing Nick to a rose, he denies he is like a rose (of any color), "This was untrue. I am not even faintly like a rose. She was only extemporizing, but a stirring warmth flowed from her, as if her heart was trying to come out to you concealed in one of those breathless, thrilling words" (Fitzgerald 6).

Another color I feel represents Nick well is white, "I am one of the few honest people I know" (Fitzgerald 59). White is associated with honesty and Nick is a very honest, trustworthy man.

Price Paid

Nick had the idea that the East was a happy place and a good place to learn business, "I decided to go East and learn the bond business" (Fitzgerald 3). This idea was lost at the end of the book when Gatsby dies, "After Gatsby's death the East Egg was haunted for me" (Fitzgerald 176). The only close relationship Nick had with someone besides Gatsby was Jordan Baker, "I saw Jordan Baker and talked over and around what had happened to us together" (Fitzgerald 177). The one relationship we thought Nick would keep, he lost.

Work Cited

Fitzgerald, F. Scott, and Matthew J. Brucolli. The Great Gatsby. New York, NY: Scribner, 1996. Print.