Fitzgerald shows Carraway’s misperception when we writes, “Everybody I knew was in the bond business, so I supposed it could support one more single man” (Fitzgerald 3).
Carraway was never truly passionate about the ‘bond business’ but rather thinks its juts an opportunity that his family approved of and was relatively pleasing to him. He wishes to adventure the East Coast in becoming a glamorous New Yorker as oppose to a boring Middle-Western man and become his own person while rising in social class. Over the summer, Carraway lived in a decent sized home between two huge mansions. While in New York, Nick befriends Jay Gatsby and many other wealthy and famous characters which allowed him to enjoy the many luxuries of the upper class life. He met Jordan Bakers who was a famous athlete and took her on a date. Nick initially enjoys being with her “I was flattered to go places with her, because she was a golf champion, and everyone knew her name” (Fitzgerald 57).
Carraway enjoys spending time with her because of the superficial aspects she provides: her beauty, her fame, and her potions in society. But Nick soon realizes as he spends more time with her that she is dishonest and afraid on the inside. Fitzgerald shows Baker’s unhappiness when he writes, “I suppose she had begun dealing in subterfuges when she was very young in order to keep that cool, insolent smile turned to the world and yet satisfy the demands of her hard, jaunty body” (Fitzgerald 58).
She had to learn different coping abilities when she was very young in order to achieve her happiness in upper class society. Baker had to learn to be fake with others and ignore all her passionate inner desires. Carraway notices this similarity in many other members of the wealthy and famous characters in the novel. Carraway realizes that he often the wealthy and upper class members of society are either unhappy, or learn to ignore they true desires and change their perspectives to create an unlawful happiness. After the death of Jay Gastby, Nick finally realized the twisted mentality of the upper class society and when he was given the choice to continue his career in the bond business as a New Yorker or return back home, he chose to return to the Middle-Western United States. Nick realizes that the upper class society is filled with unlawful, fake, unhappy and superficial people. He decides to abandon the glamorous life to pursue what truly make him happy. When a person is so concerne with his social status and place in society, they begin to abandon the things they love and in the end only find themselves unhappy.