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What is the purpose of Nick's last meeting with Jordan?  

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snitch123 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 14, 2009 at 2:13 PM via web

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What is the purpose of Nick's last meeting with Jordan?

 

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

Posted May 14, 2009 at 8:26 PM (Answer #1)

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In the final chapter, after Gatsby's funer, Nick says he'd had enough of the fast, glittering life in New York and decided to return to the midwest.  Nick knew he had to break if off with Jordan and he was tempted to just leave without a word, but that would have been irresponsible. That would have been too much like Tom and Daisy and their self-centered quality and irresponsible nature.  He was sick of that very aspect of the people he encountered there in New York.  He saw too much of people living for and thinking about only themselves and not about the people they might meet and hurt along the way.  It all ties in with the philosophy that Jordan has about how she doesn't bother to watch out for others because she believes they will watch out for her since it takes two to make an accident.  Jordan knew, from the phone conversation she and Nick had when Nick set up this last meeting, that Nick was breaking up with her. Still, Nick felt it was his responsibility to meet Jordan face to face to formally break up with her.  When Nick left the midwest to come to New York, one of the reasons he left was that people had linked him and another woman to the point where he was afraid that rumor and gossip would have him engaged to the young woman.  He left rather than face up to all that innuendo.  He's learned a lot about life in his short time in the east and he will not just leave without clearing up everything with Jordan first.

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hanifa01 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 3, 2011 at 6:38 AM (Answer #2)

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he felt that by just leaving without saying anything to JOrdan would be going against teh word sof wisdom his father had told him. And it would be irresponsible of him to just leave and be just lik eth eotehrs he had encountered during his stay in New York. Like Daisy and Tom just left without saying anything, and no one showed up at Gatsbys funeral. They were just having agood time and came for the drinks and food and all, they did not com efor him. This is evident as they spread rumours and talk about him during his parties!!!

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udonbutterfly | TA , College Freshman | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted August 15, 2014 at 7:12 PM (Answer #3)

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I have always liked to think that Nicks last meeting with Jordan was to solidify his decision on getting out of the life style that both the East Egg and the West Egg had to offer. Also over the time Nick had acquired some feelings for Jordan (and he believes that she too has some feelings for him) so it was only the gentleman thing for him to do before he officially cut his ties with the East Egg and the West Egg.

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