really portray what youthful traits that Nick supposedly obtains. What Nick seems to portray is a sense of loneliness more than youthfulness, whereas Daisy and Gatsby portray an equal amount of both loneliness and to become more youthful. Nick eventually embraces his past instead of living through the memories (75). That is more of the readiness to embrace his loneliness, which is why he is so quick to judge others and be in the “in-crowd” rather than keep his idea of judging that his father told him at the start of the book. Daisy and Gatsby are lonely because they miss the past with one another, and Daisy maybe more so is lonely with Tom. In the book, they are trying to relive those past feelings to fulfill not only their youth, but also the loneliness that is brought up in their present. Each character desires love. In regards to my arguments and semi-agreements, the article does make many good points. One last thing I would like to say about The Great Gatsby and this article is that; One: this story is if not all, partially about trying to pursue happiness, and two: about what someone for them to receive said happiness as well as how they shift themselves into a new human to receive this happiness (much of this ending statement goes with the in-class discussion). They eventually choose what is best for them, which is what will make themselves happy, and through this happiness is that not the decision that makes them who they now are?
- Fall '12
- English, Nick, Parr, Parr states