F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby Major Character Analysis

Tom Buchanan

Daisy’s husband, Tom is effectively the novel’s villain. He represents insolent, entitled wealth. He views others with disdain, and has no regard for their wellbeing.

Daisy Buchanan

Daisy is the center of the novel, in many ways. She brings together Tom, her distant cousin Nick, and Gatsby. Although Daisy is responsible for the death of Myrtle, we know that in part this was an accident. Her real crime was an unwillingness to take responsibility. Daisy is a character whose thoughts we understand very little. Her plight can be seen to represent the dilemma of affluent women, whose role in society is narrowly circumscribed.

Nick Carraway

Nick, the narrator, is in very many ways a neutral character. He is from the neutral Midwest, seems possessed by no strong urges other than vague restlessness, and has a boring job as a bond trader. His neutrality in terms of judgment is affected by class bias,…

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