Both the Great gatsby and the brief Wondrous life of Oscar Wao feature ist person narrators,why this choice was made?  The ist person narrators was feature in both navel, why do you think this...

Both the Great gatsby and the brief Wondrous life of Oscar Wao feature ist person narrators,why this choice was made?

 

The ist person narrators was feature in both navel, why do you think this choice was made?

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As they say, "Dead men tell no tales."  Both The Great Gatsby and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao need surviving narrators to bring their dead heroes' tales back to life for their readers.

In the novels, both F. Scott Fitzgerald and Junot Diaz use unreliable, outside narrators as foils for their main characters Jay Gatsby and Oscar Wao as a means of juxtaposition.  Both narrators are dishonest at times, forcing the readers to choose between the appearance and reality of their narrations.

In Gatsby, Nick says he's honest, but he's really not.  Although Nick claims to be an observer-narrator, he really is very judgmental.  Also, he's a foil for Gatsby.  Gatsby's desires are focused; he wants money and Daisy, and he doesn't care how he gets either, so long as he gets them.  Nick's desires are unfocused; he's not sure if he likes Jordan or not.  He's not sure if he likes his job or the East Coast.  In the end, Nick goes home to the Midwest, forsaking bourgeois New York.  In this way, he is corrupted, and he fails to follow in Gatsby's footsteps or dreams.

In Wao, Junior (the ladies man) is also a foil for Oscar (the ghetto nerd).  In the end, the older Junior takes up Oscar's story: he becomes the writer and teacher that Oscar could not be.  In this way, Junior fulfills Oscars dreams and destiny.  Also, Junior, although not reliable, is more objective in his narrations that Nick.  He footnotes constantly and claims to be "the watcher," a kind of uncorrupted comic book vigilante voice who is not tainted by the fuku.

So says Enotes,

The introduction of the character Yunior provides at once a biased and an objective observer of both Lola and Oscar. Yunior can function almost as a Greek Chorus, commenting on the actions and choices of the characters.

 

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