What are some quotes describing Nick Carraway and his purpose in the Great Gatsby?
Because Nick is narrating after the events of the story have taken place—he's thus a first person objective narrator—he has a perspective on the other characters that we lack because he knows how the story ends. He's not telling it as it happens, and so we don't learn with him; he tells it later, and so he's better able to shape the telling of the story so that we like who he likes, sympathize with who he does, and dislike whoever he thinks is worthy of judgment. For example, in the first chapter, he tells us why Gatsby is "great":
There was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life. . . . [It] was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again. No—Gatsby turned out all right at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded...
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