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If you were writting a letter to Nick Carraway from the Great Gatsby, what would would...

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lilskizie | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 16, 2007 at 11:34 AM via web

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If you were writting a letter to Nick Carraway from the Great Gatsby, what would would you ask him?

Has to be a 3 page letter double spaced.. so i need lots of information.. I don't know what i would need to write about...

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mrerick | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted May 16, 2007 at 1:23 PM (Answer #1)

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Wow - what a great letter this could be. Nick was the only person (other than Daisy, eventually) that was privy to most of Gatsby's life. He was also lucky enough to know Daisy and Tom before any Gatsby interference. Some things that I would like to know from Nick:

What noticeable changes were there in Daisy after she learned that Gatsby was close by?
What were his real feelings concerned the rumors floating around about Gatsby?
If he would have had an opportunity to speak to all of those people that didn't come to the funeral, what would he say?
What if he had the chance to speak at Gatsby's funeral?
Why didn't he think it was worth while to attempt to make a relationship with Jordan work out?
What does Nick believe was the reason he was so easily corrupted in an area where everyone else around him was?

And on and on...this could go in 100 different directions. I'm sure there are other posters who would be willing to fill in some more gaps!

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lilskizie | Student , Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 17, 2007 at 3:56 AM (Answer #2)

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Thank you SOOOOO much.... that is outrageously helpful.. thank you!!!

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

Posted June 4, 2007 at 11:48 AM (Answer #3)

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Putting myself in Gatsby's shoes, I can think of quite a few. I will offer a few and then give possible answers/directions to the questions.
1. According to Nick’s quote, “They are a rotten crowd…You're worth the whole damn bunch put together."
What makes this crowd so "rotten"? (It is their carelessness...that is what separates Gatsby from the likes of Daisy. Refer to the conversation between Nick and Jordan when she is driving.)
-What makes Gatsby “worth the whole damn bunch” according to Nick? (Gatsby is not so careless. He feels, wants, and dreams at a level they are not capable of.)
-How did Gatsby turn out all right in the end? (He dared to dream and to never let go of those dreams. He, like the American Dream, saw no limit to potential and he reached for it.)

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sammie9395 | Student , Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 30, 2011 at 11:03 PM (Answer #4)

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ughh i have to do the same thing but i need to write letters to all the characters, i am just moved to this school and have been here two weeks i didnt get to read the book and now i have to write an essay for my exams about it and i am really lost, need help...

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