In chapter 2 of "The Great Gatsby," how does Fitzgerald show nick's importance as a character?

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Fitzgerald has Nick tell the reader the story as it unfolded, i.e., as it had happened.  First Nick describes the area in which the Wilson's lived; the area he refers to as a "Valley of Ashes" because it is so used up, depressing, and desolate.  Then he goes from this dismal scene to the brightness of New York City where Tom kept an apartment for himself and Myrtle.  Here Nick tells the reader about how Myrtle changed from the drab wife of a garage-owner to the vivacious mistress of a millionaire.  Just like she changed her dress when she arrived at the apartment, she puts on a new personna as well.  Then Nick describes the drunkenness of the partiers at the apartment and since he is drinking and becoming drunk also, his recounting becomes less clear and logical.  Finally by the end of the chapter, the narration seems almost to be a non-sensical chatter.  Fitzgerald is telling the story through the eyes of Nick, so as he is drunk and becomes insensate, so does the narration.

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