"The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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The Secret War of Nick Carraway

There was once a time in America where the word "gay" referred to the state of being happy. Girls who showed no interest in the members of the opposite sex were simply deemed "tomboys" and nothing else. Boys who loved to shop at the Banana Republic were considered to be "in touch with their feminine side". It was morning in America, and every boy was looking for a sweet gal to hold his hand. However, morning in America was about to end. Shows like "Leave it to Beaver" were cancelled and replaced by programs that threw sexuality around like a rag-doll. The tomboys became lesbians and the feminine boys turned into gay feminine boys. It eventually got to the point where one out of every twenty Americans admitted to being a homosexual. Homosexuality became another pop culture icon, like Alf or the Fonz. Musicians like Elton Jon revealed that he had been singing about men all along.

Sufficed to say, fans of Rocket Man were both outraged and horrified. Ellen Degeneres, a female comedian with her own television show, also came clean about her sexuality. Americans were shocked at the sudden outburst of homosexuals that walked the streets every day. What America did not realize was that homosexuality had been around since the days of the early Greeks. Many famous authors of the early twentieth century had incorporated the lifestyle into the characters in their novels. An example of this is the character of Nick Carraway in the novel The Great Gatsby. In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, the character of Nick is obviously a raging homosexual. Although Fitzgerald never states this directly, it can be easily interpreted through the text.

First, the character of Nick Carraway can be identified as a...