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The opening paragraphs teach us a lot about Nick and his attitude toward Gatsby and others Nick introduces himself to us as a young man from the Midwest who has come East to learn the bond business He tells us that hes tolerant inclined to reserve judgment about people and a good listener People tell him their secrets because they trust him he knows the Story of Gatsby If you read closely youll see that Nick has ambivalent feelings toward Gatsby He both loves Gatsby and is critical of him Nick is tolerant but that toleration has limits He hates Gatsbys crass and vulgar materialism but he also admires the man for his dream his romantic readiness his extraordinary gift for hope Nick makes the distinction between Gatsby whom he loves because of his dream and the other characters who constitute the foul dust that floated in the wake of his dreams Nick has such scorn for these Eastern types that he has left the East returned to the Midwest and for the time being at least withdraws from his involvement with other people Having told us about his relationships Nick now introduces us to the world in which he lived during the summer of 1999 the world of East Egg and West Egg Long Island Fitzgerald designed The Great Gatsby very carefully establishing each of the locations in the novel as a symbol for a particular style of life West Egg where Nick and Gatsby live is essentially a place for the nouveau riche There are two types of people living here those on the way up the social ladder who have not the family background or the money to live in fashionable East Egg and those like Gatsby whose vulgar display of wealth and connections with Broadway or the New York underworld make them unwelcome in the more dignified world of East Egg Nick describes his own house as an eyesore but
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