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In Chapter One of The Great Gatsby, why does Nick say "that the thing for Daisy to do...

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Posted February 26, 2009 at 9:53 AM via web

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In Chapter One of The Great Gatsby, why does Nick say "that the thing for Daisy to do was to rush out of the house, child in arms"?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 27, 2009 at 12:53 AM (Answer #1)

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There are two related answers to this question. The first is plot-related, and it is that Nick thinks this line (he doesn't say it out loud) after he finds out that Tom is cheating on Daisy. It's his initial emotional reaction, along with feeling "disgusted." The second is character-related. A response like this shows how innocent Nick is at the start of the novel. He's not sophisticated, as Daisy mentions being; he thinks in terms of black and white. Love and marriage = being faithful. Later, he'll be more complicated. (Whether that is good or bad is up for debate.)

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