Diversity is the key to a good friendship. Diversity means a variety of new and interesting opinions and beliefs between people. Without it means boredom and discontentment with no controversy. Nick found his exact opposite in Gatsby, which because of their differences, later became the best of friends. In The Great Gatsby, Nick and Gatsby show a lot of contrast to each other by the way they live, their personality, and how they were raised.
The first encounter with diversity occurs when you learn about where Nick and Gatsby live. Nick who lives in the " less fashionable of the two though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them. My house was at the very tip of the egg and squeezed between two huge places that rented for twelve or fifteen thousand a season my own house was an eye-sore I had a view of the water, a partial view of my neighbors lawn and the consoling proximity of millionaires- all for eighty dollars a month- (Fitzgerald 9,10). And Gatsby who lives in " a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool and more than forty acres of lawn and garden- (Fitzgerald 9). Because Gatsby's house was so large he often had parties to which many people were invited. This is how Gatsby and Nick first met. They started to talk and found that they had some things in common like the Third Division during the war and they became intrigued with each other when they began to learn more about each other. .
The second encounter with diversity occurs when you learn about the personalities of Nick and Gatsby. Nick's personality was shaped at a young age, when his father told him " to recline all judgments - (Fitzgerald 5). This made Nick more aware of people's feelings. Nick was a friendly and literary young man, who didn't like to gossip.