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Nick seems to be fairly objective and perceptive at the same time. Also, Nick's narration at times sounds like a 3rd person omniscient. Maybe a reason for this is that he is telling the story after it has happened: in hindsight. So, he's had time to reflect and study what's happened, giving more of an outside perspective. If Fitzgerald had Nick tell the story as it occurred, he'd have to have Nick reacting to each event as it unfolded. Instead, Nick is recounting the events with precise description. That's the stylistic reason. Nick himself, is self-described honest guy. And when he says this, it doesn't sound arrogant or pretentious; it just sounds like he's stating a fact about himself, one that actually makes it difficult (in a good way, I think) for him to fit in or conform with the people around him.
Beginning of Chapter 1:
In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.
“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”
He didn’t say any more, but we’ve always been unusually communicative in a reserved way, and I understood that he meant a great deal more than that. In consequence, I’m inclined to reserve all judgments, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran bores.
End of Chapter 3:
Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.
Posted by amarang9 on January 12, 2010 at 5:44 AM (Answer #1)
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