The Great Gatsby

Moral awareness

In what ways does nick grow in moral awareness? (Chapter 9)

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Nick understands why he is sickened by these filthy rich in East Egg. He finally understands what these people stood and how they operated. Nick, in reflects on America as a whole, links its fate to Gatsby's. America, according to Fitzgerald, was founded on the ideals of progress and equality. The America envisioned by its founders was a land made for men like Gatsby: it was intended as a place where visionary dreamers could thrive. Instead, people like Tom and Daisy Buchanan have recreated the excesses of the European aristocracy in the New World. Gatsby, for all his wealth and greatness, could not become a part of their world