The assignment is to write a diary entry imagining you are Nick CarrawayPlease help: Imagine being Nick Carraway and you just left the party of Tom-- what happened at the party, and how did it make...

The assignment is to write a diary entry imagining you are Nick Carraway

Please help: Imagine being Nick Carraway and you just left the party of Tom-- what happened at the party, and how did it make Nick feel?

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katemschultz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'm assuming you're referring to the party at Tom's apartment in Tom with Myrtle.  Nick often mentioned the fact of being bored or drowsy when he's there, even though there's a lot going on.  It one of the few times in his life that he's been drunk or tipsy, so that would color his thoughts on the events.

Nick also has a fondness for Daisy, so he may comment about how horrible it is that Tom is cheating on her and giving excitement to Myrtle when he could be giving that excitement to Daisy.

Nick may also not like the extravagant lifestyle Tom is leading.  He and Myrtle buy things (like the dog) just because they can and don't think of the consequences (who will care for the dog?)  The last event Nick might want to comment on is Tom breaking Myrtle's nose when she chants Daisy's name over and over again.  Tom is obviously revealing his physical strength and the way he treats women, especially when drinking and provoked.  He might wonder how that affects Daisy.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Perhaps you may want to read the last pages of the novel for an insight into Nick's character and final analysis of the people with whom he has spent time.  He reminisces about his return to the Midwest at Christmas time.  "I am a part of that [middle West]," he reflects.  He states that all of them--Tom and Gatsby, Daisy and Jordan and he--were all Westerners and possessing some "deficiency in common."    Nick says that the East has a "quality of distortion," and he perceives the East as a night scene by El Greco, the artist whose eyesight defect made objects elongated and distorted. In the East, Nick perceives the distortion of the idealism and wholesomeness of the Midwest.

Much like Jordan's remark to Nick about his "throwing her over," Nick feels "a little dizzy" from witnessing the behavior exhibited by the wealthy, materialistic, and morally empty class with which he is associated. 

lmetcalf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You could definitely write about Nick's observations of the type of people who attend Gatsby's parties.  You could comment on the insights their names provide; the way they treat Gatsby's property; their seeming disinterest in actually being with the host of the party.  Nick looks down on the attitudes and behavior of most of the guests.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Nick always feels a little uneasy in the presence of rich people.  He seems to both understand and idealize Gatsby, but he does not appreciate Tom at all.  He sees Gatsby as romantic and hopeful, but Tom is just shallow.

kyze | Student

How do i write i diary entry Imagining being Nick Carraway and you've just visited the buchanans and how do i feel about the way daisy acts and how do i feel about tom??

alooi | Student

Can anyone tell me some points to write a diary for his question

imagine that you are nick. write a diary about Gatsby's party.

ozone | Student

I'm assuming you're referring to the party at Tom's apartment in Tom with Myrtle.  Nick often mentioned the fact of being bored or drowsy when he's there, even though there's a lot going on.  It one of the few times in his life that he's been drunk or tipsy, so that would color his thoughts on the events.

Nick also has a fondness for Daisy, so he may comment about how horrible it is that Tom is cheating on her and giving excitement to Myrtle when he could be giving that excitement to Daisy.

Nick may also not like the extravagant lifestyle Tom is leading.  He and Myrtle buy things (like the dog) just because they can and don't think of the consequences (who will care for the dog?)  The last event Nick might want to comment on is Tom breaking Myrtle's nose when she chants Daisy's name over and over again.  Tom is obviously revealing his physical strength and the way he treats women, especially when drinking and provoked.  He might wonder how that affects Daisy.

thx for everything. it really helped :)