I was brought up in America but educated at Oxford, because all my ancestors have been educated there for many years. It is a family tradition.”
Unlike Nick Carraway who never formally introduces the fact that he graduated from Yale but instead alludes to it by referring to the Yale News, the people that he met there, and activities that he participated in Yale, Gatsby constantly brings up the claim that he was educated at Oxford and tries really hard to make others believe that he is highly educated. He also mentions that his “ancestors” all went to Oxford and it was a “family tradition” for him to go there in order to prove his aristocratic ancestry and to display himself as a member of the old wealth. Despite his assiduous efforts, however, Nick, as well as many others, still doubts the authenticity of his claim.
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