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The Great Gatsby -

             Scott Fitzgerald, Nick makes a surprising statement: .
             "They"re a rotten crowd," I shouted across the lawn. "You"re worth the whole damn bunch put together!".
             This seems a surprising statement for Nick to make because Nick has high moral expectations and is disgusted in Gatsby as he "[represents] everything for which [he has] an unaffected scorn.". Nick disapproves of Gatbsy "from beginning to end" because of his vulgar materialism, the way he uses Nick, his love of Daisy, his illegal business dealings and his lack of guilt. This statement reflects the main issues in The Great Gatsby such as aimlessness, carelessness, materialism and corruption. .
             Nick is disgusted by Gatsby's love of a woman as shallow as Daisy: "Because your mother wants to show you off!". To add to that, Gatsby realizes how shallow she is and accepts it: "Her voice is full of money." Nick looks upon Gatsby's efforts to win back her love with disgust because it is largely based on impressing her with his materialistic possessions: "While we admired he brought more (shirts)." Gatsby thinks that if he shows Daisy what he has rather than who he is she might love him again: ""My house looks well doesn't it?" Gatsby [demands].".
             Nick is an honest law-abiding citizen from the West, and when he discovers that Wolfshiem is a "bootlegger" he is shocked: ""Fixed the world series?" I [repeat]. The idea [staggers] me.". When Gatsby admits he also has been part of some corrupt business dealings, Nick is not shocked because it seems he has already suspected it, but this degrades Gatsby even more in Nick's opinion: "At this point I [dislike] him so much-.
             Nick realizes that he is being used by Gatsby and "for a moment [he is] sorry that [he had] ever set foot upon [Gatsby's] over-populated lawn.". Gatsby does not feel guilt for anything that he has done because he sees it as all being inevitable parts of reaching his goal. He does not actually commit the crimes and offences from self-centered desires (as do the other characters) but because he sees it as something he must do to win Daisy back.

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