How does Nick Carraway show honesty in The Great Gatsby?

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Since The Great Gatsby is written as a first-person narration from Nick's perspective, the reader has access to Nick's innermost thoughts. In the novel, there are numerous instances where Nick is shown to be personally vexed by the dishonesty of the characters who surround him. For example, at the party in Catherine's apartment, Catherine asserts that Tom cannot leave his wife, Daisy, because Daisy is Catholic and does not "believe" in divorce. As Daisy's cousin, Nick knows that Daisy is not, in fact, Catholic, and he admits to being "a little shocked at the elaborateness of the lie." In this instance, Nick's internal shock serves to characterize him as a more or less honest character as he seems morally averse to the lying committed by those around him.