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In the book The Great Gatsby, what are Nick's judgments? What do they reveal about his character (especially in relation to his opening comments)?

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Throughout the novel, we see evidence that Nick is quite judgmental about practically everyone he meets and even more so about his favourite person, Jay Gatsby. In the opening pages, he has this to say about Gatsby:

Gatsby, who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn. If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life, as if he were related to one of those intricate machines that register earthquakes ten thousand miles away.

It is clear that Nick admired Gatsby tremendously and practically placed him on a pedestal. He ignored all indications that Jay was involved in criminal activity and maintained a positive view of him throughout. This perspective, however, is not true of his judgment of others.

He clearly despises Tom Buchanan for example, and uses negative terms when he refers to him, as he for instance does in chapter one when he mentions:

He had changed since his...

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