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Why is Nick Carraway made the narrator of "The Great Gatsby"?
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Nick Carroway is a good and logical choice for a narrator because, although the character tells the story in first person, he is able to tell us the story of Gatsby and Daisy (and others) from an objective third person point of view. Though he is involved in the events, he is really set on the outside of everything as a onlooker and observer.
Additionally, Nick's opening lines tell us that he will be a good, neutral and objective narrator. He informs the reader about his father's advice to him: "Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone... just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had" (Fitzgerald 6). He then goes on to say, "In consequence I'm inclined to reserve all judgement" (6). Therefore, we can assume that Nick truly does restrain from passing judgement and is more inclined to give us an open and objective viewpoint for the story. We are then able to observe the events through his eyes, without any emotional filter that Gatsby's or Daisy's story may include in the retelling of events.
Posted by lizbv on January 6, 2009 at 11:12 PM (Answer #1)
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