How would you do the thesis for an essay on how Nick is an unreliable narrarator in The Great Gatsby? I have a lot of ideas, but I'm not quite sure how to format them. I'm not quite such what to...

How would you do the thesis for an essay on how Nick is an unreliable narrarator in The Great Gatsby?

I have a lot of ideas, but I'm not quite sure how to format them. I'm not quite such what to make the different paragraphs about, and therefore what to make my thesis statement. Some help would be greatly apreciated. :)

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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An essay could focus on these three points:

Nick says he is honest, but there is evidence to the contrary. He participates in Gatsby's little ruse to get Daisy to come and meet Gatsby. He doesn't tell Tom about Gatsby and Daisy. He doesn't tell anyone about what he knows about Gatsby. His secrecy is not always that of a loyal friend, but can be sometimes seen as deceit.

Nick says that he does not judge people, but he is almost constantly engaging in judgement (moral and other). Even Nick's famous pronouncement to Gatsby at the end demonstrates the depth and breadth of his tendency to judge. 

He tells Gatsby he's better than “whole rotten bunch put together.”

At one point Nick implies that he realizes he has been coloring his view of Gatsby's parties. This admission, in Chapter VI, is significant in light of any questions regarding Nick's reliability as a narrator. 

You might devote one or two paragraphs to each of these points, using quotations of Nick's self-proclamations to anchor each point. 

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