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Nicks Loss of Innocence and Growing Awareness In F Scott Fitzgeralds novel The Great Gatsby the narrator Nick Carraways loss of innocence and growing awareness is one of the significant themes Nick moves to West Egg Long Island an affluent suburb of New York City where millionaires and powerbrokers dominate the landscape from his simple idyllic Midwestern home In his new home he meets Jay Gatsby the main character in the novel Throughout the novel Nicks involvement in Gatsbys affairs causes him to gradually lose his innocence and he eventually becomes a mature person By learning about Gatsbys past and getting to know how Gatsby faces the past and the present Nick finds out about the futility of escaping from the reality Nick also learns how wealth can corrupt when he meets the upper class people Nick is aware of Gatsbys pursuit of the American Dream and the destruction that the dream has brought Gatsby In The Great Gatsby Nicks loss of innocence and growing awareness is demonstrated through Nicks realization of how the upper class people are his recognition of Gatsbys failure in facing reality and the destruction that the pursuit of the American Dream has brought Gatsby Nick meets many members of the upper class and learns about the corrupting power of great wealth When Nick moves to the West Egg he always sees the big parties with many wealthy people attending He thinks that the parties and the people must be amazing However when he gets to know those people Nick learns that the upper class society is full of lies and the abuse of power People with great wealth have more power than people who do not They lie and they can get away with all their faults When Nick meets Jordan Baker he is attracted to her and thinks that she is a good person Later he finds out Jordans true personality and realizes that he is not in love
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