Nick's Narrative

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The narrator of The Great Gatsby is a man from America named Nick Caraway. He not only narrates the story but portrays himself as the book’s author. Whilst we as the reader make our way through the passage, it is effortless to forget the important fact that The Great Gatsby is first of all a book about a man writing a book; therefore we are not observering this scene first hand, although it seems on the surface as if we are; Nick Caraway is merley recreating events for us, filtering them through his own sense of connotation, and filling them with his own perception. He begins by mentioning on himself, telling us that he learnt from his father to reserve judgment about other people, because if he compares them up to his own moral standards, he will misunderstand them. He portrays himself as both highly moral and highly open-minded. He also momentarily mentions the ‘idol’ of his story, Gatsby, saying that Gatsby represented everything he scorns, but that he exempts Gatsby completely from his usual judgments. Gatsby’s personality was nothing short of “gorgeous.” Nick portrays himself to be unlike his West Egg neighbors; whereas they seem to be short of social connections and upper-class associates, Nick claims to have graduated from Yale and shows himself to have many connections on East Egg. One night, he drives out to East Egg to have dinner with his cousin Daisy and her husband, Tom Buchanan, an old member of Nick’s social club at Yale. Tom, a powerful figure dresed in riding clothes, greets Nick on the porch. Inside, Daisy, Tom’ wife, lounges on a couch with her friend Jordan Baker, a competitive golfer who yawns as though she is bored by her surroundings. In their billowing white dresses the two women maintaining their elega... ... middle of paper ... ...rrible, and all the most superior people think so too, she sounds rather like Tom quoting his books. She laugh ‘with thrilling scorn’ and explains, ‘Sophisticated – God, I’m sophisticated!’ Released from the compelling power of her voice, Nick perceives this as yet another of his evening poses, a gesture emphasizes her relationship of a rather special set. He feels that she is deliberately trying to trick him into an emotional response and is therefore manipulating his feelings by the power of her voice; perhaps this is the reason why Nick stays completely quiet as Daisy spills out her emotions. When Nick arrives home, he sees Gatsby for the first time, a handsome young man standing on the lawn with his arms reaching out toward the dark water. Nick looks out at the water, but all he can see is a distant green light that might mark the end of a dock. 2,002 words

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  • Analyzes how the narrator of the great gatsby is a man from america named nick caraway, who portrays himself as the book's author.
  • Analyzes how gatsby portrays himself as both highly moral and highly open-minded. he also mentions the 'idol' of his story.
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