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How does Nick react to Jordan in chapter 1?

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niikiigeeex3 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 4, 2012 at 8:59 AM via web

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How does Nick react to Jordan in chapter 1?

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 12, 2012 at 3:19 AM (Answer #1)

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In the first chapter of The Great Gatsby, Nick finds himself immediately attracted to Jordan Baker. Much of his description of her is physical.

Slender and charming are two terms he uses to describe her and he also admires her discontentment and apparent superiority to the situation she is in. As an outsider, it is possible that Nick connects with Jordan for this reason – he feels that she is an outsider too, at least emotionally.

However, we can say definitely that the emphasis of Nick’s response to this meeting is on Jordan Baker’s physical appearance which he finds pleasing.

I enjoyed looking at her.

This is the first and most telling line from his initial encounter with Miss Baker.

 

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