Pay attention to Nick's Judgements in The Great Gatsby. What do they reveal about his character in relation to his opening comments?
Nick introduces himself as a person who refrains from judgement, yet he engages in nearly constant judgement in his narrative. This makes Nick somewhat dishonest, despite his other claim that he is one of the most honest people he knows.
Nick is consistent in his observations, but these observations are, largely, judgements. Nick conveys his impressions of Tom, Daisy, Gatsby and Jordan all with a sense of moral value. Even his praise for Gatsby in the end when he says that Gatsby was worth the "whole rotten bunch" of them put together, Nick is engaging in judgements that prove his self-presentation to be false.
Does this make Nick a hypocrite? Maybe it does. A more empathetic reading allows us to see Nick as a dynamic character who grows through the novel into a maturity that allows him to see himself more clearly than he was capable of early in the story. Nick thinks he is a person who he is not, an association that significantly links him to Jay Gatsby.
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