The Great Carraway Weather is always changing, especially in Kansas. It will be sunny one minute and snowing the next. The purpose of this statement is that weather is unpredictable, just like a book. A reader can never guess the outcome of a book in the end. For example, settings change, plots change, and most importantly characters change. A dynamic character is one who endures internal change, and in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, many characters change by the end of the book.
By analyzing one of the characters in particular, Nick Carraway, from the beginning, middle, and the end, one can realize the dynamic change within himself. At the beginning of the book Carraway, the narrator, is a respected wholesome man living in the Midwest. He is honest, well-educated, and innocent. Carraway desires to be a bond broker in the East and make his own money. While he is there, his main goal is to attain the American dream through hard work and sweat. However, having lived in the Midwest most of his life, Carraway is naive to the lives of the “new money” in the East.
From this, the audience knows what his ambitions are in the East and he or she can also infer that these ambitions will change him for the better. At this point in the story, the “new money” in the East cause him to change. Carraway is constantly being forced into the lives of the “new money” such as Daisy, his cousin, Tom, his old friend, and Gatsby. Women, cars, money, possessions, and the extravagant parties make Carraway realize how much he longs for his old Mid-Western life. He becomes conscious of the fact that people in the East are very shallow and materialistic.
After witnessing the unraveling of Gatsby’s dream and later his funeral, Carraway also recognizes that the East Coast lacks a set of moral values. For example, most characters in the novel believe the American dream is everlasting money, but for Carraway, it has become a theory of much complication. This is significant because the reader can now see that his views are starting to change. Toward the end of the book, Carraway’s views change completely about the Eastern way of life. He realizes that there is no place for him in the fast aced and judgmental New York. His honesty, morals, and set of values drag him back to the West, but the audience cannot infer exactly where he will go or what he will do there. First he was eager to come to the East and now that he has, he wants to leave. Carraway no longer wishes to live an extravagant life of the American dream, but he would rather live a simple, happy life in the West. Now the reader can see, the character has changed in a way that he does not want money or to be materialistic. Throughout the novel, Nick Carraway matures, and becomes wiser.
He learns the moral lesson that there is more to the American dream than just money. His experience with the “new money” lead him to the conclusion that he is better off without them. The “new money” life was filled with lies and no morals, and this practice will never be a habit for Carraway. Now looking at Nick Carraway at the end, the reader observes that he has changed and improved from his unpleasant encounters in the East. From eagerness to the realization, from the sun to the snow, everything is always changing and will continue to change.