Why Does Nick Change His Feelings Toward Jordan

In The Great Gatsby, why do Nick’s feelings towards Jordan change?

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It's important in first person novels to question the point of view of the narrator, especially their self-assessment, for who among us can see ourselves clearly? As readers, we question the point of view or the reliability of a narrator by pitting what happens against the narrator's assessment of what happens.

In Gatsby, Nick's assessment of himself as an honest person doesn't hold up under scrutiny—we know, from his own admission, not to mention an early dinner conversation with Tom and Daisy, that Nick is not being entirely honest with the "girl" from Chicago to whom he keeps signing letters "love" while he is seeing Jordan—and we know as well he is remembering the Chicago girlfriend primarily in terms of the unattractive sweat mustache that forms on her upper lip after a game of tennis.

Nick has never felt too deeply for Jordan, either. He describes himself at the end of chapter three as "flattered" to be seen with her, and as feeling a "tender curiosity" about her. He thinks "for a...

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