Nick Carraway is a young man from Minnesota who, after being educated at Yale travels to New York to seek a life in the Bond business. He starts off the novel appealing to us as the perfect narrator, “In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.” ‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.’ In consequence I’m inclined to reserve all judgments, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me…” Through the book, Nick meets new people that challenge this part of him. He tries to separate him self off from the pulling of the New York party life, that seems to pull apart the very world he tries to fit into. When introduced to Gatsby, Nick gets involved into his life and starts to realize how little of him everybody knows. Nick gets himself tangled up into Gatsby’s fantasy; that Daisy, Nick’s cousin, has always loved him and will leave her husband for him.
Jay Gatsby is a man described greatly by Nick as, “the single most hopeful person I’ve ever met”. Gatsby is a successful, very wealthy young man, known for throwing the wildest parties over in him West Egg mansion. Jay Gatsby was soldier in WWI, a lieutenant that was stationed near to Daisy’s home town Louisville. After meeting each other a couple times, Daisy and Gatsby fell in love. Unfortunately Gatsby was called off to war and Daisy was left to marry Tom Buchanan, a young man of extreme wealth from an aristocratic family. Tom had the support of Daisy’s parents and could give her a rich lifestyle, so off Daisy went and married him. Once Nick learns that Gatsby isn’t who he says he is, Nick sees him as a deeply flawed man and dishonorable also. Gatsby is definitely a man who can be admired though. His desire to have a life with Daisy is so unrealistic but he still lets it lead him into a life of lie. Gatsby acquired his wealth through illegal means of organized crime; he distributed alcohol and traded in stolen securities.
Daisy Buchanan is the pure, rich, innocent, white girl who during the novel seemed to be only stirring up trouble for Gatsby, and of course making trouble for her cousin Nick. Daisy isn’t all that bad though, she only wants to be with Tom, her husband, but knows deep down she still has feelings for her long lost love Jay Gatsby. After coming to one of Gatsby’s parties, Gatsby and her start to talk again. Although once Daisy and Gatsby walk off to talk more, Tom gets suspicious, knowing that they didn’t come to this party randomly. As said to describe Daisy, Fitzgerald used the color white. “The only completely stationary object in the room was an enormous couch on which two young women were buoyed
up as though upon an anchored balloon. They were both
in white and their dresses were rippling…” The reason that Fitzgerald has put Daisy and Jordan in white show innocence and purity. Another quote to describe the house Daisy and Tom lived in, “Their house was even more elaborate than I expected, a cheerful red and white Georgian Colonial mansion overlooking the bay.” “The windows were ajar and gleaming white against the fresh grass…”
New York City:
East Egg is the little nob
West Egg is were Gatsby and all the “New Money” live. Everyone that has made their fortune from themselves is labeled that. Unfortunately, West Egg represents the American dream as corruption. The corrupt American dream, is about how all the new money, have made their fortune by illegal means.
Valley of Ashes:
The valley of ashes is a part of New York that lies between the city and the Eggs. The reason for this name, is that, this was where everyone dumped their ashes, therefore giving it the name valley of ashes. This setting is quite an important one, the but the valley of ashes represents a side of “The American dream”, as they all do, but this one represents the failed American dream. Where people, like George, are working for nothing, they are constantly controlled and pushed back by the top people. The valley of ashes is the consequence of being to greedy with wealth.