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In the novel, how is Nick Carraway used and manipulated by the different characters (using quotations)?

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In this novel, Nick is used or manipulated by Daisy, Gatsby, and Jordan.

Nick comes home from his first dinner at Daisy and Tom's Long Island home feeling Daisy has played or manipulated him through pretending to false emotions. She speaks of her unhappiness, saying everything is terrible, which she asserts she knows because she has been everywhere and is, as she states with scorn, so "sophisticated." Nick states to the reader:

I felt the basic insincerity of what she had said. It made me uneasy, as though the whole evening had been a trick of some sort to exact a contributory emotion from me.

Daisy often tries to manipulate Nick's emotions, be it through flirtation or trying to raise his sympathy for her.

Gatsby uses Nick to get to Daisy, prevailing on Jordan to set up a reunion meeting with her at Nick's house. Jordan explains that it is particularly important to Gatsby that the reunion take place next door to his mansion, so that he can give Daisy a tour of it:

"He wants her to see his house," she [Jordan] explained. "And your house is right next door."

Like everyone and everything he considers useful in his life, Gatsby sees Nick primarily as a way to get to Daisy. Nick's house being next door fits perfectly with Gatsby's plans.

Finally, Nick decides that Jordan is using him. The two have a complicated relationship, with the suggestion that both are gay and using dating each other as a cover for that during a time when being gay would not be considered acceptable. Nick thinks he is one of a series of men Jordan has used, saying:

Jordan Baker instinctively avoided clever shrewd men and now I saw that this was because she felt safer on a plane where any divergence from a code would be thought impossible. ... I suppose she had begun dealing in subterfuges when she was very young in order to keep that cool, insolent smile turned to the world and yet satisfy the demands of her hard jaunty body.

Nick goes on to say he is not bothered by being used by her, just "casually" sorry.

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