What type of family does Nick Carraway come from in The Great Gatsby?

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Nick Carraway, the narrator of the novel The Great Gatsby , comes from the Midwest from a wealthy but unaspiring family. His family has been wealthy for several generations, at least since the Civil War, and they come from royalty—a line of Dukes. His family, which is expansive in the Midwest, settled in the area and had enjoyed a comfortable, quiet life there. In spite of the comfort, Nick aspires to be a bond investor and so moves to New York to get a jump into business and investing.

His family owns a wholesale hardware business that has brought them much wealth and success, and in the story, they are wealthy enough to finance a whole year of Nick’s expenses in New York for him to get on his feet. When he is unsuccessful and fairly traumatized from the events surrounding Gatsby’s life and death, he moves back home. He takes up a comfortable life working alongside his family.

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In the opening lines of The Great Gatsby , the reader learns that the narrator, Nick Carraway, comes from a...

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