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In chapter 7 of The Great Gatsby, what is Nick's attitude towards Gatsby?

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Posted February 24, 2008 at 10:43 AM via web

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In chapter 7 of The Great Gatsby, what is Nick's attitude towards Gatsby?

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 24, 2008 at 11:42 AM (Answer #1)

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Nick honestly likes Gatsby.  In this chapter, he just feels loyalty to him and concern for him.  He wants Gatsby to be vindicated, he wants Gatsby to achieve his dream - and then, after the accident, he wants to help Gatsby come to terms with Daisy's unworthiness.  For Nick does at this point believe that Daisy does not deserve Gatsby.  Nick's last comment proves this:

So I walked away and left him standing there in the moonlight—watching over nothing.

Nick is allowing Gatsby to watch over Daisy, but knows that there is nothing left there for this friend of his.

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