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Why are Jay Gatsby AND Nick Carraway the protagonists in the novel "The Great Gatsby"?

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juliabaudinet | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 8, 2009 at 3:52 AM via web

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Why are Jay Gatsby AND Nick Carraway the protagonists in the novel "The Great Gatsby"?

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writergal06 | Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted March 9, 2009 at 10:45 PM (Answer #1)

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The Great Gatsby is essentially set up as a frame narrative. Nick Carraway, the narrator, is telling the story of Gatsby. Nick is the protagonist in his interaction with the East, and his disillusionment with the American dream of success. Gatsby is the main character in Nick's story. Gatsby is the protagonist of his own battle to achieve the American dream, which he personifies in Daisy. The tragic end to this dreams leads to the disillusionment of Nick, tying the two stories together at the end.

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