The great Gatsby The Life of a Good Man

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The Life of a Good Man

Nick Caraway, the narrator of The Great Gatsby, introduces himself as a thoughtful and moral human being. He recites the advice his father gave him earlier in his life: "Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages you've had" (Fitgerald 1). This taught him not to be selfish even though he had material advantages over other people. I think that Tom, Daisy and Gatsby should have been taught this lesson earlier. Now with all their wealth and everything you would think they would be happy, but they are not.

Nick Caraway was a very thoughtful man. In the following quote it show how others feel about Nick "In his final actions from the time of Gatsby's death to his return to the Midwest-Nick's behavior reflects his practice of the values that the Public Philosophers believed gave a society its coherence and sustained community: loyalty, responsibility, discipline, and moral vision.

These are the very qualities absent elsewhere in the novel's otherwise bleak social landscape. The choice to create order underlies Nick's closing actions, a desire, in the words of William James, to conquer "every minute afresh by an act." Nick's own explanation echoes James's: "'I wanted to leave things in order and not just trust that obliging and indifferent sea to sweep my refuse away"' (Fitzgerald 185)"(Berman).

Take for instance Jay Gatsby's funeral. Now before he died Jay Gatsby always thew extravagent parties and entertained people, but the people did not even have the respect to go to the man funeral. Nick Caraway even went to the trouble of contacting all the people for the funeral including his long friend Mr. Wolfiem who said, " I cant do it- I can't get mixed...