Why does Nick think Gatsby is a victim in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby?

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Nick considers Gatsby a victim because Tom and Daisy use him. After Gatsby has been killed, Nick sees Tom and speaks to him. Nick asks Tom why he told George Wilson that Gatsby had killed Myrtle. Tom lies and says that it was Gatsby who had killed Myrtle, but it was really Daisy. Tom tells George Wilson that the car that ran over Myrtle Wilson belonged to Gatsby. While this is true, it was Daisy who was driving and who hit Myrtle and killed her. It is then that Nick realizes that Tom and Daisy use people and toss them aside. He thinks the following:

They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast...

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Nick thinks Gatsby is a victim because of his character. Gatsby was such a gentleman, and his love for Daisy was his passion, his purpose in life. Although, he had many problems, and throughout the novel, was very unfortunate. He died without getting Daisy, his one true love, which is why Gatsby is a victim. 

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