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As the narrator and therefore the authoritative namer of the Great Gatsby Nick attempts to rectify Gatsbys image he urges the reader to ignore Gatsbys social status and see him for the great man Nick wants him to be But Gatsby is a tragic figure stuck in the middle of two worlds Gatsbys lack of familial ties and his apparent economic success alienate from the lower class to which he used to belong This is also true of the members of the upper class who use Gatsby as a form of entertainment but nothing else but no one swooned backward on Gatsby and no French bob touched Gatsbys shoulder and no singing quartets were formed with Gatsbys head for one link 55 As a result of the duel hate from both sides of the economic spectrum Gatsby must die He is in fact killed by members of both groups his dearth is incited by Tom Buchanan the old money millionaire to George Wilson the pinnacle of low class dreariness Nick tries to rescue Gatsby from this dishonorable death by reaching out to Gatsby twice more in the end I went out and looked at that huge incoherent failure of a house once more On the white steps an obscene word scrawled by some boy with a piece of brick stood out clearly in the moonlight and I erased it 188 Here the house represents the failure of a life Gatsby maintained Nick returns to try to wash away the stains implanted upon him but fails here and his final attempt in the naming of the book as well Since the book is a retelling of Nicks accounts through his own eyes it was a naming done after the sorrowful events of Gatsbys life and Nicks final attempt to rescue his friend He tries to save Gatsbys good name Therefore what we see as the great Gatsby through Nick eyes is a character held back
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