Fitzgerald's narrative strategy of using the character/observer Nick Carraway creates an ambiguity that distorts the reality of who the story is about and instead the story becomes about what the narrator sees and consequently interprets. In doing so, the author allows the reader to witness Nick's own authoritative scourse. By beginning the first chapter with Nick's account of his father's advice, Fitzgerald reveals the external narrative that governs Nick's interaction and comprehension of the events that unfold. Though the paternal counsel gives th...
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...eard somewhere a long time ago. For a moment a phrase tried to take shape in my mouth and my lips parted like a dumb man's, as though there was more struggling upon them than a wisp of startled air. But they made no sound and what I had almost remembered was uncommunicable forever (Fitzgerald, 111).
Nick's attempt to voice what Bakhtin would call his "stage of genius" is awakened by Gatsby's confession, but it is just out of his grasp to articulate it; "such is the importance of the speaker and his discourse...in all areas of everyday life (Bakhtin, 539).
Bakhtin, Mikhail. "Discourse in the Novel: The Topic of the Speaking Person." The Critical Tradition: Classic Texts and Contemporary Trends. Ed. David H. Richter. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 1998. 527-39.
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. 1925. New York: Scribner, 2004.
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