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Is Nick a reliable narrator? How does his point of view color the reality of the novel, and what facts or occurrences would he have a vested interest in obscuring?

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I believe that Nick is a reliable narrator, though there are many readers who would disagree with me. He narrates the story as a first-person objective narrator, meaning that he describes events after they have already taken place. He has had time to reflect on how he would like to present these events, giving him the opportunity to color things the way he would like to—making certain characters look good or bad, whichever he prefers. He knows how everything turns out, of course, and this could change the way he portrays certain...

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