The Great Gatsby

How does Nick present New York?

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Initially NY is presented in a very positive light. On Nick's first trip there with Tom, the city is described as having "glowing sunshine," and the air on Fifth Avenue is "warm and soft, almost pastoral," Ch. 2. The city is again put in a positive light when he returns with Gatsby, "Over the great bridge, with sunlight through the girders making a constant flicker upon the moving cars, with the city rising up in white heaps and sugar always the city seen for the first time, in it's first wild promise of all the beauty and mystery in the world." Ch.4. This changes when Tom and Gatsby arrive in NY together later in the novel. Now Daisy complains that the city is "so hot," and the room they are in "was large and stifling," and " opening the windows admitted only a gust of hot shrubbery from the park." The perception of the city changes in proportion to the amount of conflict that the characters bring with them.

Sorry, last example was chapter 7.


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