In the Great Gatsby why does Nick go East?  

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In the Great Gatsby, Nick, who's full name is Nick Carraway, is established as the narrator of the story at the beginning of the book. In chapter 1, the reasons why Nick decided to go East are established. Nick talks about his service in the Great War, and states on page 3 of chapter 1, that upon returning home, "the Middle West now seemed like the ragged edge of the universe." This quote illustrates to the reader that Nick now finds himself bored in the Mid-Western community where he grew up, and alludes to the fact that he feels life in the East will be more exciting. After this revelation, Nick states that he decided to go East to "learn the bond business." Later, at the end of chapter 1, Nick reveals that he also decided to travel east because of rumors of him possibly being engaged being spread around his family and the community. This is shown on page 19 of chapter 1 when he states "The fact that gossip had published the banns was one of the reasons I had come East." Hope this helps!

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