In the 1920s, being a homosexual was not something celebrated by many people. In most places, it was a criminal offense to be gay. Nick Carraway, the narrator in The Great Gatsby, is gay. His sexual orientation affects his descriptions of people in the novel. First, when Nick is recalling Tom and Myrtle’s party, he “blacks out” and claims to not remember why he was “standing beside his [Mr. Mckee’s] bed and he was sitting between the sheets, clad in his underwear” (p38). The convenient loss of memory shows that Nick does not want to admit that he had sex with a man.  What he did, instead of stating that he had sex with Mr. Mckee, is pretend that he was unable to remember. He included the scene for a reason and the reason was to hint at his sexuality. If he wanted to keep this interaction a secret, he wouldn’t have included it in the book. His inclusion of the scene is testing the waters for his later gay moments. Mr. McKee also suggests that he and Nick have lunch- which Nick does not disagree nor agree to (p37). The invite seems harmless, but often, “let’s get lunch” is a sexual innuendo for “let’s have sex”. Second, Nick is in love with Gatsby. When Gatsby wears his pink suit, Nick continuously describes it as “gorgeous” (p162) or mentions how striking it is (p142). Nick describes Gatsby’s clothes as if he was describing the clothes of someone he found attractive and desirable. Not to mention, traditionally, pink- like the suits Gatsby wears- is a feminine or gay color. Because of the connotation of the color pink, Gatsby represents Nick’s sexuality. Gatsby’s obsession with Daisy, though, represents the inability of homosexuals at the time to be with who they love because there is always a road block- which, in this case, is Daisy. The most obvious sign of Nick’s love for Gatsby, though, is that he wrote an entire book about him. Instead of writing about himself, he writes about how Gatsby affects him, and how his life is different because of the great Jay Gatsby.

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