In chapter 6 of The Great Gatsby, what is ironic about Dan Cody?

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Dan Cody was a successful, talented businessman, who amassed millions in the metals industry, becoming wealthy, powerful, and influential. Ironically, his wealth and business savvy does not positively impact other areas of his life and he becomes soft-minded, which makes him a target for gold-digging women hoping to separate him...

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Dan Cody was a successful, talented businessman, who amassed millions in the metals industry, becoming wealthy, powerful, and influential. Ironically, his wealth and business savvy does not positively impact other areas of his life and he becomes soft-minded, which makes him a target for gold-digging women hoping to separate him from his money. The irony lies in the fact that Cody's wealth does not provide financial security but instead makes him a target to unscrupulous women, who are a threat to his well-being. Tragically, a woman named Ella Kaye came into Cody's life and he died a week later. Ella Kaye benefitted from Cody's death and inherited his wealth, which emphasizes the double-edged sword of financial prosperity.

Dan Cody's role as a mentor is also ironic because Jay Gatsby learns from his mistakes instead of his positive advice. Gatsby witnesses firsthand the negative effects of alcohol and one of his roles was to act as Dan Cody's "jailor" at times when his drunken tirades became dangerous. Taking care of the intoxicated Dan Cody influences Gatsby to stay away from alcohol.

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Dan Cody is an alcoholic. Dan Cody seems to be a mentor in Jay Gatsby's life. This is ironic because Jay learns from the err of Cody's ways, he doesn't follow the example of the mentor. From the time he is finished with Cody, Jay makes a conscious choice to refrain from drinking. Cody's character is flawed. Strong characters have the ability to learn from a mentor whether the character is positive or negative influence. This is an even greater irony when compared to how Gatsby makes his living and how Gatsby entertains. It seems Gatsby has an incredibly uncanny ability to control himself around alcohol. Perhaps this is due to some of the incredibly terrible experiences he had around Cody.

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