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The Great Gatsby is a magnificently written story about the loss of love the problems of American wealth and the reality of life With these themes in mind it is important to remember that in our complex reality not all men are only sexually attracted to women as some would commonly assume The character of Nick Carraway in F Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby can be characterized as sexually ambiguous and emotionally insecure On the one hand Nick Carraway is a person who came from an upper middle class family and is attracted to Jordan Baker and on the other hand he demonstrates a sexual attraction toward Jay Gatsby that is hidden due to his strict upbringing as a child Added to this he portrays himself as a bit feminine all of which bring his heterosexuality into question The following analysis will be an in-depth investigation into the character of Nick Carraway to determine if his emotional insecurity and sexual ambiguity are a result of his homosexual desires toward Jay Gatsby Nick Carraway had an emotionally harsh childhood His disciplining father strict and rigid cautioned him over the years to avoid impulsiveness which led Nick to carefully guard but secretly indulge in feminine tendencies Nick Carraway confirms this theory when he stated I am full of rules that act as brakes on my desires Fitzgerald 63-64 which were instilled by his father These brakes that Nick speaks of prevent him from taking action on his homosexual inclinations Nick imaginatively envisions escaping to a another kind of masculinity altogether one that can suit his feminine emotions and occasional attraction to men For example when Nick privately confessed to Jordan Baker I must have felt pretty weird by that time because I could think of nothing except the luminosity of Gatsbys pink suit under the moon Fitzgerald 150 it shows that he does in fact have an attraction to Jay Gatsby Whether or not it is a
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