The man behind the story

By: Blake Mahon

The American Dream

Nick's American dream was to stay true to one self and live a life of fulfillment and happiness.
"I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known"(59) Nick says that not many people are trustworthy in this world and to stay true to one self is a huge achievement but also a very rigorous task to achieve this is his main goal in life."year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter-to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther"(180) Nick clearly believes that day by day that we should try to do our best and live life not only to the fullest but a life full of happiness."I'm five years to old to lie to myself and call it honor"(177) he is still true to himself even at the end of the book after he has hung out with this upper class he still stays on track to achieve this American Dream.


Nick is like a pair of glasses. He is always just observing whats going on around him and not really judging people or places but just watching. "He hadn't once ceased looking at daisy and i think he revalued everything in his house."(91) Nick is watching how Gatsby is acting while they are walking through Gatsby's house and kinda sees the prideful side of Gatsby." This is a valley of ashes -a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens"(23) Nick is observing the scenery while riding in the car with Tom an observes his surroundings and brings them to life." In consequence i'm inclined to reserve all judgements"(1) Nick keeps his judgements out of his observations even sometimes he can be biased towards things he doesn't judge.

What did it cost?

Staying true to who you are all the time is a hard task to accomplish and at times Nick even failed. His american dream cost him his true identity which was a happy easy going guy. " I don't give a damn about you now"(177) Nick is generally an easy going person and doesn't get angry or lie but throughout this book he slowly gets off track of his dream and it cost him some unhappy moments." I thought you were rather an honest, straightforward person."(177) Jordan Baker is questioning whether he is still an honest person, losing who he truly is makes other people question if he's still the same truthful Nick."I began to have a feeling of defiance, of scornful solidarity between Gatsby and me against them all"(165) The easy going nick gets irritated and it knocks him a little further off of that path of achieving his American Dream.


I believe Nicks greatest Traits are being a non-judgmental person and trustworthy." Somebody told me they thought he killed a man once"(44) Nick heard rumor after rumor but he decided to not be judgmental and he became friends with Gatsby and started hanging out with him." Trust me and I'll get somebody for you" (164) Gatsby trusted nick that is why he told him about his past and in this moment of need nick was reassuring that Gatsby could trust him. " I want you to meet my girl myrtle"(24) Tom shows his trust in nick to take him with him while he meets up with his mistress myrtle.


I would use the color white to describe Nick Carraway because he is a morally clean character in this book. Other than his one party where he gets drunk he is a good guy and white describes him well.


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