How does Nick Carraway in the Great Gatsy, perceive himself?

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Nick is the moral center throughout this whole novel.  Through his eyes and his narration, we are able to see how corrupt Daisy and Tom really are.  We also see how attracted Nick is to Jordan Baker, but he also sees that she is corrupt as well, and she has no idea how to make a commitment.  He's known from the beginning (in the first chapter before he moved east) that he is not to judge others.  His father once told him that “all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that [he's] had.” 

Nick would view himself in a similar boat as Jay.  He does not lie, and he is genuinely upset when very few show to Jay's funeral.  He is the only true friend there is to Jay.  Everyone else used him.  So, it would be fair to say that Nick saw himself as a good, honest man.  He realizes that in being with these corrupt people, he has lost his youth and his innocence.  This is why he has to move back west again at the end.  He cannot live in that lifestyle.  It was just to hard for him.

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