In The Great Gatsby, what were Nick's ideals before and after meeting Gatsby?

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Nick, the narrator, starts the novel as an idealist. He strives to the social class of the East Egg, but he is also trying to get ahead on his own merits instead of relying on his own family's general wealth and success. Nick is at first appalled by Gatsby , who stands in stark contrast to the other wealthy families and people living on the Eggs. Gatsby seems contemptuous of the Old Wealth, and Nick is put off by this, since he aspires to that social status. Slowly, as the events of the book unfold, and as Nick becomes comfortable enough with the wealthy...

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