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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby is a really good book that deals with many different issues with
its many different characters. A few of these characters share some characteristics while
they are completely different at the same time. In this essay I will show you the
similarities and differences in Jay Gatsby and Nick Carraway.


First off the similarities. Although there are not many there is a few to be talked
about. Number one similarity between Jay Gatsby and Nick Carraway is the location of
their establishment. Both Jay Gatsby and Nick Carrawy live in the same neighborhood,
West Egg. This is the least fashionable of the two but still a nice place to live. The other
neighborhood is East Egg and that is where all the rich people with their old money and
mansions lived. The West Egg is for the middle class. Although Jay Gatsby is not middle
class, he is not considered to live at East Egg because Jay Gatsby did not inherit his
parents money who inherited it from their parents, he worked for it. Another similarity
between Jay Gatsby and Nick Carraway is they are both hardworking people in search of
the American Dream. Jay Gatsby has done a little better in his search than Nick Carraway,
but Jay Gatsby still has to work for his money. It was not handed to him like Tom
Buchanan had it handed to him. Jay Gatsby went to Oxford and then supposedly became
a bootlegger. This is part of how Jay Gatsby became so rich. Nick Carraway on the other
hand went into business and is just surviving. He is not rich, but with some more hard
work he is well on his way.
Now onto the differences. Jay Gatsby and his wealth is something that differs
from Nick Carraway. Jay Gatsby lives in a mansion where he has his servants that clean
and maintain his establishment. Nick Carraway on the other hand lives in a house that he
calls an eye sore which is stuck between two mansions. Nick Carraways house is
maintained but not by servants and not as well as Jay Gatsbys mansion. Nick Carraway
also does not obtain the same social status as Jay Gatsby due to the fact that Nick
Carraway is not rich. Being rich gets Jay Gatsby alot of things like ladies, amusement, and
lots of nice cars. Nick Carraway doesnt even own a nice car. Jay Gatsby also enriches
his social status by throwing huge keggers at his mansion. Nick does not.


In conclusion Jay Gatsby and Nick Carraway have some similarities and some
differences. Jay Gatsby and Nick Carraway live in the same neighborhood of West Egg,
and they both are hardworking people chasing the American Dream. On the other hand
they are separated by wealth because Jay Gatsby is rich whereas Nick Carraway is middle
class, and they also obtain different social statuses.