As a friend to Gatsby and the reader, Nick exists at the center of the novel’s relatability. Kent Cartwright—in his 1984 essay on the unreliability of Nick Carraway—exp...
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...he true beliefs of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Nick’s flawed narration exists to dispose those rumors but expose some harsher truths. Without making an attempt at something, life becomes an imprisoning mess of sorrow and pain. At the conclusion of the story, Nick is left alone in a state of deep pain, because he never even had a chance at achieving a dream. He never had one. While Nick never held this key, Fitzgerald notes with this novel that the world around him did. From Nick’s lens, the world never seems quite right, and he has extreme difficulty in deciphering the world and the great Mr. Gatsby. The world may be flawed, but it still turns—if it is spun.
Cartwright, Kent. “Nick Carraway as an Unreliable Narrator.” Papers on Language and Literature 20.2 (1984): 114-120. Print.
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 1925. Print.
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