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In The Great Gatsby, why do Nick’s feelings towards Jordan change?

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missmena08 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 7, 2007 at 10:21 PM via web

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In The Great Gatsby, why do Nick’s feelings towards Jordan change?

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 8, 2007 at 12:08 AM (Answer #1)

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Nick realizes that Jordan is unable to make a commitment to anyone. Spending his thirtieth birthday with her opens his eyes to the reality of Jordan's and Daisy's world. They are spoiled, rich women who seem to be incapable of loving anyone. They belong to a world that Nick no longer wants to be a part of. Nick reflects on his birthday that his youthful, innocent days are over, and he finally sees the reality of Gatsby as well.

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ssellers | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted November 9, 2007 at 5:39 AM (Answer #2)

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Nick sees in Jordan the very thing that he despises in Tom and Daisy--a facade that exists to shield the rich from the realities of life. Jordan, in Nick's eyes, is just another socialite out for her own best interests. She, like Tom and Daisy, lives in the moment and fails to understand that all actions bear consequences.

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