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1 Western moral, Eastern wealth AP English 11 Feb 12, 2017 The Great Gatsby is the story of prosperous yet ambitious people who live in the high esteemed “eggs” of New York during the 1920’s. Nick Carraway is from the Western side of the United States and moves to New York for work. He soon learns that he moved in next to Gatsby, an eccentric man who throws mysterious parties for seemingly almost no reason. From the eyes of Carraway, Gatsby is intriguing and does not fit in his scope of common values. Throughout the rest of the book he tries to categorize the other characters based on their attitudes and behavior towards each other. In the world of Gatsby, Nick Carroway compares his personal morals to the wealthy western society and status quos including gender roles and loyalty. Nick describes himself as a good respectable man. He begins the book by mentioning his father who seems to be the role model that inspired the way he currently judges people. Nick recounts his father’s wisdom, “whenever you feel like criticising anyone,” he said to me “just remember that all of the people in this world haven’t had the advantages you’ve had.” (Fitzgerald 1). From that quote readers could assume that most of Nick’s values are based off of what his father said. Carraway thinks highly of himself as an honest man who can maintain self-control. “ I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known. ” (Fitzgerald 59).
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