Pay attention to Nick's judgments in Chapter 3. What do they reveal about his character (especially in relation to his opening comments)?
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Fitzgerald's Nick Carraway believes he is the only honest person in the text of The Great Gatsby. Nick's father taught him early in life to avoid criticizing others because they may not have had the advantages that Nick did. Nick believes he has taken this advice to heart, but his actions throughout the novel indicate otherwise.
Nick passes judgement on nearly every character except, perhaps Gatsby himself. Tom is arrogant; Daisy, superficial; Jordan, dishonest; and Myrtle, pretentious. During the party of chapter three, Nick criticized party attendees as having the behavior of people at an amusement park. He assumed that the younger men were attempting to sell insurance or bonds to the older men who had "easy money." He was so appalled by the behavior of others that he determined to get drunk, just to avoid the embarassment of it all. Somehow those actions don't correspond to someone who "reserves judgement" as Nick claims to do in the opening paragraphs.
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