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Why does Nick attract boring people in The Great Gatsby?
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Nick does not attract boring people as much as he attracts people who want to tell him their story, which ends up being a tedious burden.
On the first pages of the novel, Nick offers a description of himself as a person who is usually neutral and who reserves judgment. His neutrality is taken by some as a political stance - "I was unjustly accused of being a politician" - and taken by others as an invitation to confess without fear of being condemned.
This quality in Nick, that of reserving judgement, is what draws Gatsby to confess his story to Nick. At least, this is what Nick attempts to imply in his introduction.
Due to Nick's willingness to apply an "infinite hope" by reserving judgement, he is subjected to many stories, not just Gatbsy's, and he has become quite tired of hearing them.
Posted by e-martin on May 11, 2013 at 2:32 PM (Answer #1)
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