What is ironic about Nick's appraisal of Jordan in "The Great Gatsby"?what might he now fix in himself

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luannw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Nick tells the reader, at the end of the story, that he leaves New York because he's tired of the shallowness of people and how people use one another.  He tells the reader at the beginning that Jay Gatsby represented qualities he despised, which the reader comes to realize means dishonestly, shallowness, and carelessness among others. These are all qualities that Jordan possesses, yet Nick has a summer romance with her. Nick even criticizes Jordan at one point about her driving, telling her she ought to be more careful to which she replies that she doesn't need to be careful because others will look out for her. Nick recalls at one point, also, that there was some scandal involving Jordan suggesting that she cheated in a golf tournament. Jordan, like Daisy and Tom, uses people to her advantage without any care as to how that using might affect the ones being used.  It is ironic that Nick would decry those qualities yet have his affair with Jordan. 

ding38889 | Student

Nick says in the beginning of the novel that he is "not judgemental" and that he is "one of the few honest men left in this world." This is ironic because he IS judgemental and he is interested in a girl who lies and cheats. Jordan Baker was nearly accused of moving her ball during a golf match.

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