Examples Of Nick Carraway As An Unreliable Narrator In The Great Gatsby

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In the novel, the The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, it can be agreed that Nick Carraway acts as both the narrator and a character in the novel. Firstly, Nick 's opening lines tell us that he will be a good, neutral and objective narrator. He informs the reader about his father 's advice to him as well. He has the right temperament and his role as a narrator functions as a personal memoir of his experiences with Gatsby in the summer of 1922. As a character, Nick himself is somewhat difficult to observe, since we see the whole novel through his eyes. Secondly, Nick states the he is the only honest person he ever known, but it can be agreed that Nick is actually a dishonest character. Finally, Nick isn’t the main character (protagonist) and it becomes evident that he is actually also an unreliable narrator. It would become evident that one shouldn’t believe everything Nick says, especially his “high-and mighty” asides, but you can take his larger characterisations and version of events seriously. Each of the following paragraphs will substantiate the statement that Nick Carraway acts as both the unreliable narrator and dishonest character. Nick is the narrative voice, but interprets much of the action for the reader, while at the same time he is present. It is from Nick that we gain our first impression of Gatsby who lived in the mansion alongside Nick’s rented bungalow. Nick is also very observant, especially in regard to other people, their body language,
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