Which characters are dynamic and which are static in The Great Gatsby?
I think that Tom, Daisy, Jordan, and Myrtle are all static. What about the rest of the main characters like Gatsby, Nick, and George? If they are dynamic how did they change? Did Goerge change since he ways always so timid and doing everything Myrtle said but then later locked her up and told her what to do?
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I would agree that Tom, Daisy, Myrtle and Jordan are all static characters in the novel. Not a single one of them goes through any type of change. They are all portrayed as shallow, arrogant people who only think of themselves. That statement rings true until the very end of the novel for all four of them. An argument could be made for Gatsby also being static. He has gone through a big transformation, but that all happened before the summer of 1922 that Nick narrates for us. From the moment Nick meets him until that last day as he relaxes in his pool, he holds onto the hope that he can repeat the past and that Daisy will call. So that leaves Nick and George Wilson. Nick starts off the novel naïve and, as he tells us, one who reserves judgment. By the end of the summer, and into the fall after he returns to the city, he is much more aware of how shallow “those people” were and readily passes judgment on Tom and Daisy. George goes through a similar transformation. He is a weak character who can’t stand up to anyone, like Tom, at the start of the novel. By the end, though, he is determined and strong enough to murder a man and kill himself.
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