What HONESTY/SINCERITY does Nick see throughout the book The Great Gatsby?For example dishonesty would be him not telling of the affairs that went on, and of how Daisy was driving the car. I...

What HONESTY/SINCERITY does Nick see throughout the book The Great Gatsby?

For example dishonesty would be him not telling of the affairs that went on, and of how Daisy was driving the car. I can't seem to find anything honest that Nick VIEWED.

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sharrons | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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In The Great Gatsby, there are a few sincere and honest moments that Nick observes.  He observes sincere moments between Pammy and Daisy, as well as between Tom and Daisy.

One of these scenes occurs in chapter VII when Pammy (Tom and Daisy's daughter) has an honest, sincere childlike interaction with her mother in which they banter about the child's dress.  It is interesting to note that when Daisy asks Pammy, "How do you like mother's friends?", "Do you think they're pretty?", Pammy does not answer.  In fact, in her childlike innocence, she asks, "Where's Daddy?"  It's almost as if she senses that there is something immoral going with "mother's" friend.

Another moment that can be perceived as honesty occurs when Daisy admits that she cannot say that she never loved Tom.  She says, "Even alone I can't say I never loved Tom," she admitted in a pitiful voice. "It wouldn't be true."  However, it could also be argued that Daisy only professed her "love" for Tom because she was starting to believe that Gatsby's wealth was not legitimate; it came from bootlegging.

Furthermore, although Daisy and Tom are dishonest people, in a twisted sort of way, their love seems sincere.  In chapter 7, Nick observes a moment between the two of them when they are sitting at the table after Myrtle has been murdered.  He notes "They weren't happy, .... and yet they weren't unhappy either.  There was an unmistakable air of natural intimacy about the picture."

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Also, do not forget about the part where Daisy says how she said she hopes her daughter grows into a beautiful little fool. that was also very honest.

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