Through Nick’s refusal to shake Tom’s he is once again choosing to be “without” by cutting his final ties with the inconsiderate “high class” people of the East

Through Nick’s refusal to shake Tom’s he is once again choosing to be “without” by cutting his final ties with the inconsiderate “high class” people of the East. Even though Nick does end up shaking Tom’s hand, the significance of the handshake has already and passed and Nick is simply doing it because “it seemed silly not to” (Fitzgerald 179). Nick shows his maturity through his final reflection on Tom and Daisy where he finally recognizes them for what they are “careless people … they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”

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