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In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay and Nick are portrayed as very

different characters. Throughout the story, we come to realize that they are much

more similar than we originally thought when first starting the novel. Fitzgerald is

very subtle when it comes to comparing the two; he doesn’t tell the reader the ways

they are and are not alike. In the novel, there are many similarities and differences

between Nick Caraway and Jay Gatsby.

Although Nick and Gatsby are vey different referring to the way the live now,

they do in fact have a lot in common. For example, they have very similar

backgrounds. They both came were born and raised in the Midwest, and have both

ended up in West Egg, even though East Egg is much more glamorous. West Egg is

considered home to the middle class, and even though Jay Gatsby is much higher

than middle class, he has still found himself living there anyway. When it comes to

Daisy’s husband, Tom, Nick and Gatsby seem to have the same view of him and they

are similar in how they handle him; that is until Daisy admits she doesn’t want to be

with him. When Tom acts like a jerk, both deal with it and act gentlemen like

towards him; rather than calling him out on the things he does.

One large similarity the two have is the fact that they seem to go above and beyond

when it comes to pleasing others. One example of this is the fact that Gatsby made

his house in West Egg for the pure fact that Daisy lives there as well, and he built his

house just across the bay. When Nick is talking to Jordan, Jordan explains that

Gatsby did in fact build the house to please Daisy, hoping that one day she would

notice her. “Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay”

(Fitzgerald 78). Almost everything Gatsby does is in...

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