Who Is The Bad Egg In The Great Gatsby

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A Couple of Rotten Eggs “To the wingless a more arresting phenomenon is their dissimilarity in every particular except shape and size” (9). The Great Gatsby, written by Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, presents Fitzgerald’s life through a variety of different characters in this American classic. In this novel the main protagonist, Jay Gatsby, sets out to win the heart of a love long lost. He enlists the help of Nick Carraway, a gentleman who almost became corrupt by the Northeast, to help him win the heart of Daisy. The three main locations in this novel reflect the people that live there and each symbolize a class in American society. First we have The Valley of Ashes is a desolate land, filled with death and despair. Two characters, Myrtle…show more content…
West Egg didn’t exactly have the je ne sais quoi that East Egg had: “I lived at West Egg, the—well, less fashionable of the two…” (9). Our two main characters, Nick and Gatsby, live here. West Egg is located between the Valley of Ashes and West Egg, this could represent that West Egg is between the poor and the rich: the middle class. Although Nick Carraway is innocent and pure when he arrives, he changes mentally over the course of his stay. Nick is like a stoplight. He has no real authority over peoples’ decisions, he is two-faced like the changing lights, and ultimately two drivers are bound to be as reckless as each other and crash under him. Conversely we have Jay Gatsby, who is the reckless driver behind the wheel. Gatsby is a dreamer who wants nothing more than the love of Daisy Buchanan. His dreams are his ultimate doom though. The more he longed for Daisy’s love, the more he got lost in this illusion. “He hadn’t ceased looking at Daisy…” (96). In Gatsby’s eyes nothing will ever be adequate enough for Daisy, he will never be satisfactory for Daisy. Gatsby may be rich, but he will never have the attitude and style of the East Eggers, and will never be able to comprehend why they do what they
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