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What moral judgment does Nick make in Chapter 9 about Tom and Daisy in The Great Gatsby?

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myth123 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted November 3, 2010 at 10:46 AM via web

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What moral judgment does Nick make in Chapter 9 about Tom and Daisy in The Great Gatsby?

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luannw | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted November 3, 2010 at 8:37 PM (Answer #1)

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The moral judgment that Nick makes regarding Tom and Daisy is that they are self-centered people who do not care whose lives they hurt as long they continue to have their luxurious lives.  Nick says of them:  "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy - they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made....".  He calls them "careless" because they are so selfish that they don't care whose lives they affect.  Tom toyed with Myrtle's affections because he knew she wanted the comforts his wealth had to offer and she would put up with whatever he did.  Daisy knew she'd never leave Tom for Jay, but she let Jay believe he had a chance of having a future with Daisy because it pleased Daisy to do so.  When troubles hit, Tom and Daisy just packed up their belongings and their lives and moved away letting other people suffer over the carnage left in their paths.  Nick's moral judgment at the end of the story is the reflection of his moral judgment he made at the end of the first chapter.  As he's leaving Tom and Daisy's house after the dinner party, he reflects, "...I was a little confused and disgusted as I drove away."

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