The Great Gatsby

nick says, "there are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired." what does nick mean? how does each character in the novel fit into this schema?

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When Nick says "There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired."he is saying that everyone falls into one of those categories. The pursued are men like Gatsby who everyone is after, people who there are always interest. Jordan would also fall into this category. The pursuing are people who are always chasing something wether it be a person or a goal. Gatsby is pursuing Daisy, Nick is pursuing Jordan and Gatsby. The busy are always doing something like Tom and Jordan. The tired are barely ever doing anything like Daisy or sometimes Nick. Nick believes that these categories are true and based on the people he knows they are.

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The answer is somewhat right. Except for Gatsby is not pursued. he falls under the pursuing category.

pursued-> jordan and daisy.

pursuing-nick-> jordan, and Gatsby-> daisy.

Busy- Jordan and Tom as they are preoccupied.

Tired Nick in the end and those who do not get what they want.

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