The Great Gatsby Narrator Analysis

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In the novel ‘The Great Gatsby’ written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, protagonist Jay Gatsby is a complex character who relies on his close friend Nick Carraway to divulge his story to the reader. However, Nick Carraway’s opinion of Gatsby is unreliable, Nick’s judgments shift enthusiastically from one end of the scale to the other, entailing approval and disapproval. Nonetheless, Nick succeeds in positioning Gatsby as a victim of circumstance, (many may also say as a victim of the ‘Great American Dream’) which causes the reader to sympathizes and attempt to understand the paradoxes and oxymoron’s related to the character, which is Gatsby.

Nick is what we know as an unreliable narrator makes the story telling incredibly problematic, as we rely on him to disclose the true events that took place during ‘The Great Gatsby’. When we first meet Nick Carraway he promises us that he is “inclined to reserve all judgements” (Fitzgerald, 2008, p. 1) asking the reader to believe that he is a humble man with straightforward values, dependable and above all, not judgemental. He then devotes the rest of the book forming judgments of the other characters, Jordan is “incurably dishonest” (Fitzgerald, 2008, p. 43) Tom and Daisy are “careless people” (Fitzgerald, 2008, p. 113) “They’re a rotten crowd,” (Fitzgerald, 2008, p. 114). Despite whether his judgements are accurate or not, does not come into play as his judgemental personality demonstrates his primitive dishonestly since he does not follow
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