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When Nick enters the extravagant lifestyle of West Egg he is home from war and an admiring outsider the maturation and development of his character also distinguishes him from the other characters in the novel His entrance into the priveleged class is initially marked with pride and excitement which starkly contrasts the feelings of detestation and disgust that envelop his departure Fitzgerald engages the reader on a journey parallel to Nicks journey of self-discovery In the opening passage of Gatsby Nick quotes his father as having said Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone just remember that all the people in this world havent had the advantages that youve had5 At first the reader is likely to conclude that the advantages Mr Carraway speaks of are monetary but later Nick acknowledges that he agrees with his father a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth5 The reader discovers alongside Nick that decency not wealth is the supreme value Although Nick escapes the frugal lifestyle of West Egg with a strong aversion for its inhabitants and all that they stand for he retains his admiration of Jay Gatsby a character that personified all that was wrong with the American Dream Nicks assertion that Gatsby is worth more than the whole damn bunch put together162 is supported by Gatsbys purer motives and actions Gatsby holds the American Dream in its purest form He maintains the essense that the originators of the dream had- the pursuit of life liberty and happiness Fitzgerald connects Gatsbys vision with the American dream when he identifies his boyhood ambitions with those of Benjamin Franklin He compares Gatsbys wonder with the original settlers of America overcome with the promise of the new world Gatsbys dream centers around his love of Daisy and he relentlessly pursues that dream to the point where it consumes his life Being motivated by something pure transcends Gatsbys motivations This allows the reader to travel alongside
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