Foils in The Great Gatsby

Foils in The Great Gatsby

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  • Daisy deserves the world. I would never do anything to hurt her. 
  • I will do whatever it takes to make Daisy mine.
  • Daisy, you need to leave Tom for me. We are destined to be together.
  • I can see the light across the bay, and it gives me hope that Daisy will someday be mine.
  • Traits: Gatsby is irrational when it comes to Daisy. He uses his heart. Nick is the rational one who uses his head.They both live alone on they bay, side by side, yet they live very different lives. Nick is poor and lives very plainly. Gatsby is wealthy and lives a very extravagant life. However, neither one is happy.
  • Actions: Nick honestly works for his money and struggles to get by. Gatsby illegally gets money and throws lavish parties in his free time.Gatsby begs Daisy to leave Tom so that they can finally be together. Nick is able to see the reality of their marriage. Both care deeply for Daisy.
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald uses Nick Carraway as a foil for Jay Gatsby in order to show the differences, yet similarities among these two characters. Nick's character brings out the flaws as well as the heroic traits in Gatsby. Nick makes Gatsby's character shine brighter.
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