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The Great Gatsby There are many different types of people in this world Apart from physical features it is the characteristics of a person that makes himher original Nick Carraway the narrator of The Great Gatsby has qualities which are the complete opposite of those of Tom Buchanan his cousin-in-law In the novel the author F Scott Fitzgerald uses the comparison between two cousins to show how their differing characteristics reflects the themes of morality and reality versus illusion One of Nicks Characteristics that is incompatible with Toms is that Nick is cautious when speaking On an occasion when Mr Gatz said something that Nick disagreed with Nick still hesitantly agreed with him as to not hurt an old mans feelings as apparent by the following quote If he lived he would have been a great man A man like James J Hill Hed of helped build up the country Thats true I said uncomfortably Pg 164 Tom who is at the other end of the rope is very careless about what he says he does not care if he hurts someone At one time he was very rude when paying only ten dollars to a dog seller on the street Is it a boy or a girl she asked delicately That dog That dogs a boy Dog-seller Its a bitch said Tom decisively Heres your money Go and buy ten more dogs with it Pg 28 This shows that Tom does not care if he hurts the feelings of the person to whom he speaks with Nicks carefulness when speaking and Toms Carelessness reveals a lot about their morality It shows that Nicks morals are high he can not hurt an old man who had just lost his son whereas Toms morals are so low that he hurts a poor stranger walking down the street who is trying to make a living The carefulness of speaking shows the theme
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