What techniques does Fitzgerald use in the first chapter of The Great Gatsby?

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In allowing the reader to see life in East Egg through Nick 's eyes, Fitzgerald is able to create a perception that allows life to be seen through a key hole that allows greater understanding to actually emerge.  Nick's role as the confident or the type of person that individuals...

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In allowing the reader to see life in East Egg through Nick's eyes, Fitzgerald is able to create a perception that allows life to be seen through a key hole that allows greater understanding to actually emerge.  Nick's role as the confident or the type of person that individuals take into full confidence is something that allows a sense of the transparent to emerge.  The reader understands that Nick's views are going to be completely transparent and clear.  This means that the world of wealth and privilege will be viewed without any prisms or glasses, but rather as to how it is.  When Nick recalls his father's words about how "all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had," it helps to show how Nick is distinct from this world and yet a part of it.  Fitzgerald's use of Nick as the narrator allows the reader to "go undercover" in this world, able to see this setting in both its stunning grandeur and what will be shown as its equally stunning hollowness.  Nick being the narrator is the filter through which both the worlds of East Egg and Fitzgerald's own state of being can be revealed.

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