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    When I was reading chapter 3 of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, a few lines made me pause. On page 38, paragraph 1, an extremely drunk Nick Carraway says the following about his artist friend Mr. McKee, w

    Nick Carraway: Swinging for the Other Team?

    When I was reading chapter 3 of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, a few lines made me pause. On page 38, paragraph 1, an extremely drunk Nick Carraway says the following about his artist friend Mr. McKee, who,...

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    • Hello Roan,
      I really enjoyed your post. I have read The Great Gatsby many times. I have never connected that Nick Carraway may “swing for the other team.” Your evidence is substantial. I don’t think he is completely gay. He may be bi- curious. Throughout the novel he does date a woman, but that could mean nothing. I’m not one hundred percent sure if he is or is not gay. I think it just depends on how you interpret the writing.
      Great post!
      Ryan Castle

      • Ryan,
        First of all, thank you for your response. And yes, I have though a lot about Nick’s pursuit of Jordan, and it is hard to reconcile with my theory. However, all of the parts with Jordan seem like he’s trying to get himself to “like” Jordan and that he believes it’s what he should do. Jordan is never described in the beautiful and flowing language used to describe Gatsby or even Daisy. Perhaps it’s just me, or I’m over analyzing, but as someone who is LGBT (bisexual), I know how easy it is to rationalize oneself into, or, in my case, out of, thoughts and emotions as pertaining to one’s sexuality. Now I know that my argument is a very subjective one, and maybe it isn’t as obvious to someone who is straight (I assume you are I don’t actually know), but I’d love to know what you think.
        Roan

    • Hey Roan,
      I think this is a fascinating and very unorthodox view of this story and you made some great observations! I personally loved the euphemisms you found as I never would have even noticed them unless pointed out. You also said that his kiss was described very dryly and I think it would be interesting to look at romantic moments between other characters to really compare and contrast those to see if Fitzgerald was trying to sneak this into his writing.
      Great points!
      Andrew

      • Andrew,
        Thank you so much for your feedback! I think that a lot of people agree with me that the descriptions of men are just more, for lack of a better word, sensuous. Especially the last two chapters, lines like “they’re a rotten bunch…” have almost completely convinced me.
        Roan

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