What makes Nick Carraway a dynamic character in The Great Gatsby?

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Lorraine Caplan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A dynamic character is one who shows some growth and change through the course of the story, and there is a case to be made for Nick being a dynamic character in The Great Gatsby.  While Nick is about to be thirty when the story begins, he is a somewhat callow character as we find him newly arrived on the New York scene and about to try his hand at making a living in the bond business.  He doesn't realize when he arrives that he is not as wise or sophisticated as he would have the reader believe.  With the exception of the war, he has not really moved outside of his milieu of wealthy, well-established midwesterners.  Meeting Gatsby, appreciating Gatsby, and seeing him through to the end means growth and change for Nick. Even though he ultimately retreats to the midwest, he has come to see his world differently because of Gatsby, the insularity of it, the dishonesty of it, the carelessness of it.  It causes harm and even death.  He now, at the very least, understands that fundamental decency, love, and pure hope are of greater value than a voice that sounds like money.