F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" Main Characters' Moral Reassessment

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Through the realization of its narrator Nick Carraway, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby exemplifies the didactic ending that novelist Fay Weldon describes; an ending of significant realizations or self-development. As shown through the main character's exposure to corruption, the constant comparison to idealism, and Jay Gatsby's death, by the final stages of the novel it is evident that Nick Carraway is the only character who understands the society around him and remains un-phased for thebetter. By drawing conclusions from the different events that ultimately guided the transformation of Nick and lead him to his moral reassessment, Feldon’s happy ending becomes apparent.

Nick Carraway, a young man traveling from Minnesota to New York to gain knowledge of the bond business, is exposed and made vulnerable to new and dissimilar lifestyles. The first night Nick attends oneof Gatsby's well-known extravagant parties, he stated he "was one of the few guests invited who had actually been invited.

People were not invited-they went there…Once they were introduced by somebody who knew Gatsby, and after that they conducted themselves accordingly to the rules of behavior associated with an amusement park." Nick discovers that the arrogant upper-class is also disrespectful and ill-mannered. He is also vulnerable to the deceit and shallowness of the affairs and lies taking place around him. When exposed to such dishonesty and superficiality, he is able to better understand how his own morals compare. He realizes poor morals and ethics lead to downfall and unhappiness. Although living in a world of dishonesty and indecency, Nick remains polite but absorbing the proceedings around him to his benefit.

The main character is constantly exposed to the great contrast of idealism versus others' attempt for it. Gatsby was intended to be the American Dream; Fitzgerald instead, through Nick, informs readers to follow...