Friendship is very important and relevant today. Fitzgerald uses Nick and Gatsby’s relationship to teach us that friendships strengthen by spending time to appreciate each other. Gatsby uses to get to Daisy. Then Gatsby opens up to Nick and tells the truth. And when he dies Nick feels lonely without Gatsby. Gatsby uses Nick to get to Daisy. Nick made a comment saying “I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby’s house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited” (ch9). Jay Gatsby only invited him so that he could see Daisy again and be together just like the old days before he went to war. He hangs out with Nick a whole lot after meeting him. Over and over Gatsby continues to ask to hang out just so he can see Nick’s cousin Daisy. Even though Nick realizes Gatsby is using him, Nick continues to be loyal. Nick continues because the connection they have began to get stronger by going to lunch, hanging out at their house, and even going to parties. In order to have a friendship that will last through thick and thin, each individual needs to be able to be understanding and a shoulder to lean on, which is exactly what Nick did for Gatsby. In chapter four, Gatsby decides to open up and tell Nick the truth about who he truly is. As he begins to open up about how he was born into a wealthy family and followed the tradition of being educated at Oxford, and how he served in the military, Nick’s questions and suspicions begin to fade away. Gatsby trust Nick enough to show him the darkest parts of his life, which is a lot for Gatsby to do since he doesn’t trust people as well as he should. He appreciates and values his friendship and bond with Nick enough to open up to him and tell him in great detail about his traumatic past and the obstacles he had to endure and overcome. In society today, everyone has that one person who they trust with every secret, no matter how big or small. This is the person who knows you like the back of their hand, knows when you’re happy, upset, glad or mad. In the Great Gatsby, it is evident that the Nick and Gatsby are best friends and their relationship is stronger than words can describe. After Gatsby was murdered, Nick felt lonely as the person who he loved and trusted was taken from him. “After Gatsby’s death the East was haunted for me like that, distorted beyond my eyes power of correction”. (Ch.9) F. Scott Fitzgerald used the word ‘correction’ as a way of describing the pain Nick is feeling during this time of grief. He wants to be able to fix the fact that Gatsby is no longer with him but he doesn’t have the ability to do that. He had to learn how to accept the loss of his best friend and in order to do that, he had to move to the West where nothing was ruined by the beauty or wealth that a city holds. Friendship is something that everyone in their lifetime will come across. There are those friends that are temporary, only there to stand by you during the best of times. There are the friends who want to tear you down and see you fail, but then there are the ones who stand by you through the best and worst moments of your life. The ones who share you share the greatest memories with and the ones you count on when life gets too heavy to carry on your shoulders. For Gatsby, Nick is his support system as he opens up and reveals his truths, which is one of the hardest things he would ever have to do. For Nick, Gatsby is the helping hand, helping to carrying Nick’s weight of the world. They both go hand in hand with one another. Throughout this book, friendship is a continuing theme as it not only portrays in the lives of the people in the East, but the lives of the people who are reading. Friendships are inevitable but the strongest ones are unbreakable.