Here in it's entire uncut, somewhat sloppy, (ignore the grammar mistakes) edition. For the first time on LJ. I give you:
Nick Carraway is absolutaly GAY!
The Great Gatsby is fraught with symbols and theories for curious readers to delve into and investigate. However, few have been so heatedly debated over as Nick Carraway’s sexuality. The online forums, essays, and blogs read with all the excitement and conviction as any conspiracy theory. With very little evidence and a biased modern perspective, many readers argue that Nick simply must be bi--, or even homosexual, because of his actions and his interactions with other characters. Do they have the right to make that claim? Could there perhaps be enough evidence to make an interesting scandal out of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel? I believe that there are enough clues in the text of The Great Gatsby to validate the claims about Nick’s sexuality. Specifically his attractions to Jordan Baker, his brief encounter with Mr. McKee, and his obsession with Gatsby, all point to the conclusion that Nick is a closeted homosexual.
From the first moment Nick meets
If Nick and Jordan’s relationship is sub textually homosexual, then it is no wonder that the scene between Mr. McKee and Nick causes quite a stir. It is truly a bizarre and confusing passage. “Taking out my handkerchief I wiped from his cheek remains of the spot of dried lather that had worried me all afternoon. (Fitzgerald 41)” This line implies that as with
Though I personally would be content to leave it at that, it would be wrong to ignore perhaps the farthest-reaching example of Nick’s homosexuality, as it encompasses the entire novel. Is has been remarked by a great quantity of readers that they end the novel with the impression the Nick is attracted to Gatsby. Furthermore, Gatsby’s sexuality is called into question as well. Many readers clamped onto the idea that since Gatsby spent five years living with a man, Don Cody, and departed only after his death, that he must have had a relationship with Cody. This belief is amplified when Gatsby appears wearing what Nick describes as “gorgeous pink rag of a suit (162).” This is really nothing special because, at the time, pink was close to red and therefore a boy’s color. However, Nick’s thorough narrative is filled with more descriptions of Gatsby’s manners and appearance than nearly any other character. This could, I suppose, be used as proof that there are underlying feelings of more than friendship and respect between Nick and Jay.
Whether you buy into the puzzles or favor a more sanitized recollection of The Great Gatsby, there can be no doubt that the mysteries exist, and that every day readers investigate the inviting possibilities beyond the scope of “canonized” literature. The Carraway enigma will never be fully settled. There will always be those who stick to their opinions of Nick and Gatsby, either as straight or gay. But the proof of Nick homosexuality is evidenced, not just because he stated on the first page that he “was privy to the secret griefs of wild, unknown men… Frequently I have feigned sleep, preoccupation or a hostile levity when I realized… that an intimate revelation was quivering on the horizon. (6)” From this start, from his first interactions with the readers and fellow characters, the signs pile up. Nick Carraway is a well-written, complex character, who is discreetly and definitely homosexual.
So that's it really. Excuse the length, because I don't know how to do one of those badass 'Click-here-to-read-more' links. (Can anybody teach me?) Anywho... Tell me what you think?!
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