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How does the narrator describe Gatsby?

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Posted November 8, 2013 at 8:31 AM via web

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How does the narrator describe Gatsby?

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pankhurikedia | Student, College Freshman | TA | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 4, 2015 at 10:04 PM (Answer #2)

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The narrator, Nick, portrays Gatsby as a romantic ideal; someone who can be set apart front he rest of the "foul dust" that surrounds him. By doing so in the first few pages of the book the author succeeds in removing Gatsby from the regular people in the world we are about to encounter. Gatsby becomes a symbol of hope as seen through his "romantic readiness", someone as yet uncorrupted by the world he lives in. This creates a sense of mystery and intrigue about his character, which is only further enhanced at the end of the first chapter in Nick's brief encounter with him at the docks. As the novel progresses we will become aware of the many unhand and illegal dealings of Gatsby which normally would portray him as the bad guy. However, this initial idealistic description of him detaches those deeds from his essential nature. 

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