The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Nick Carraway is a special character in Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatbsy. The fictional story is told through the eyes of Nick Carraway who is deemed to be unbiased, impartial, and non-judgmental in his narratives. At the top layer, he appears to be genuine and great friend, who seems to be the only true friend and admirer of Great Gatsby. As the story unfolds, readers get glimpses of internal issues that Nick Carraway that show him as more of a flawed character than previous thought of. The first issue that readers see and challenge in the novel is Nick’s attempt at being an unbiased narrator. He explains that his background and upbringing allows him to be impartial and non-judgmental, but certain instances in the novel prove otherwise. Secondly, Nick Carraway is portrayed as a standup and educated guy. Throughout the novel, there are multiple occasions were Nick lies and withholds the truth from others. Finally, the third example of Nick Carraway’s flaws and issues include his self-deprecation. While this may not hurt others, it is an emotional toll on him and may lead to deeper rooted issues. One of the great aspects of Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatbsy, is its point of view and narrative through the eyes of Nick Carraway. In order to have a fair and unbiased story, the narrator, Nick, also needs to be fair and unbiased. At the beginning of the novel, Nick prefaces his non-judgmental perception by providing his background and how he is able to remain unbiased throughout. Unfortunately, it is human nature to be biased and judgmental and we see certain slips made at various points in the novel. One of the prevalent slips that Nick has is when he overtly puts Jay Gatsby on a pedestal and overlook... ... middle of paper ... to deter the attention. By bolstering his confidence, he will no longer need to self-deprecate and can see himself as an equal to the rest of the wealthy families in the area. This also makes Nick Carraway a stronger narrator as he does not doubt himself, thus the reader does not doubt him as well. Nick Carraway can be said to be the most important character in Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, as he is the narrator as well as a great friend to Jay Gatsby. As the narrator, readers expect certain qualities in the character to provide an unbiased, non-judgmental, straightforward, and confident point of view of the story. The issues noted above can take away from the story and his narrative abilities. By following the self-improvement plan and advices, Nick Carraway can present himself as an upstanding character as all readers wish to see him to be.
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