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F. Scott Fitzgerald uses Nick throughout the book as a character to tell his story or opinion of the American dream that has been corrupted by the desire for materialism. The American dream being based on the assumption that each person, no matter what his origins, could succeed in their chosen sphere of endeavour on the sole basis of his or her own skill and effort. Particularly, the American dream could be seen as wealth creation for any individual. Migrants from all over the world have had the American dream.
Nick tells Fitzgerald's story by participating in conversations and observing peoples behaviours towards dreaming and their wealth. Gatsby comes in to his riches by bootlegging, only because of his dream, his true American dream, Daisy.
The wealth Tom has inherited causes him to become arrogant and condescending towards others while losing his morals.
Daisy seems to float around, empty and lifeless without a goal in life. But Daisy does have a dream, although a simple one, she hopes her daughter will be a fool "...that's the best thing a girl can be in this world a beautiful little fool." If Daisy messes anything up she and her husband cower away behind their money.
The book starts when Nick recalls some advice his father told him in his "younger and more vulnerable years". "Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone....Just remember, that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you have had." This is advisi
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- Nick recalls some advice his father told him in his "younger and more vulnerable years".
- "Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone….Just remember, that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you have had." This is advising Nick ...
- Nick then states: "In consequence I'm inclined to reserve all judgements" ...
- Nick tells Gatsby his opinion of him "they're a rotten crowd…..you're worth the whole bunch put together." Nick doesn't think too highly of the Buchanans even though Daisy is his cousin: "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made"
- "symbolising the clumsiness of his attempt to stop time and retrieve the past." As Nick says later to Gatsby:"Can't repeat the past?" Gatsby replies "Why of course you can."
- Nick states: "it eluded us then, but that's no matter – tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms further."
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