Contradiction of Characters in The Great Gatsby

             In the book, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, certain characters developed so that they contradict another character personality traits. This setup allows the characteristics of these two characters to be greatly notice by the readers. In this case, the development of Nick and Gatsby are a contradiction of each other: on one hand there is Nick who develops greatly through the story and on the other hand there is Gatsby, a man caught up in the corruptions of his own life. Let’s study these two different characters.

             Unlike Nick, Gatsby does not develop in the course of the story. He cannot because his whole life is devoted to the fulfillment of a romantic dream that he created a long time ago. He is still caught in an adolescent faith, which is the only thing that will keep this dream alive in him. His personal vision is based on the illusory belief that time can be “fixed” and the past can be recreated. “Can’t repeat the past? He cried incredulously. Of course you can.” ( ) He is content with the thought that things will change to the way that he wishes them to be. He is caught up in a romantic vision of him and Daisy and by doing this is keeping himself from moving forward and progressing as an individual. Because of this, throughout the entire story he holds onto the same ideas that he can do and get anything he wants because he has money, and to him that equals power. .

             Nick Carraway on the other hand develops very thoroughly in the story. The story, although narrated by Nick about Gatsby’s life, is also a story of Nick’s own development in the story. In the beginning Nick is already a sophisticated observer of characters but reserves his personal judgement, remaining uninvolved in the sense that he is not willing to act upon what he feels are the faults of the other individuals around him. Some example is when he realizes Jordan baker is a liar and that this a defect held in her personality.

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