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The Great Gatsby - "You’re worth the whole damn bunch of them"

Uploaded by zizi_02 on Sep 07, 2001

What is Nick’s last compliment to Gatsby and why is it true?


Nick’s final compliment to Gatsby was “You’re worth the whole damn bunch of the them.” This is true because Nick in the end of the novel admired Gatsby in some aspects. This quote is also true because compared to the carelessness of Tom and Daisy; Jay Gatsby was a great man. Another reason why the following statement is true is because in the end of the novel the reader can realize that Gatsby was the one person in the novel (Nick as an exception) that stayed true to him.

Nick admired Gatsby in the end because of the way Gatsby lived his life. Gatsby had a dream, and that dream was to be with his true love Daisy. Although Nick might not have agreed that living your life for someone else is not the best of ideas but at least Gatsby was determined. Which was what Nick grew to admire in Gatsby. Gatsby never cheated anybody, he never lied to anyone, he never killed anybody like rumors suggested, and he just lived his life the best way he knew how. True that Gatsby was a bootlegger but back in the 1920’s being a bootlegger was almost “accepted” how else were men going to get their alcohol in those days. Nick admired Gatsby’s honest determination in winning Daisy back. All of Nick’s other friends lied or cheated to each their goals or to higher their status. For example, Jordan Baker Nick’s girlfriend who is a golf champion. Jordan Baker cheated her way to the top of the golf championship by moving the golf ball when people were not looking. Nick knew this and Jordan’s dishonesty was one of the major reasons why Nick broke up with Jordan when he did. In the movie when Nick delivers that line, he looks up at Gatsby with respect for friend because he did things the right way, he looked at him with relief because things were starting to go Gatsby’s way and he looked at him with admiration because Gatsby had gained his prize the moral and the decent way.

Being careless is something that seemed to be second nature to Tom and Daisy. The two would create a problem then leave it behind, move on, and let other people pick up the pieces. This can be proven by the stories of Tom and Daisy...

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Date:   09/07/2001

Category:   The Great Gatsby

Length:   5 pages (1,028 words)

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