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by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Why does Nick tell Gatsby's story in The Great Gatsby?

Nick tells Gatsby's story in The Great Gatsby because it's necessary to have as much objectivity as possible. Jay is a larger-than-life character, and his personality is such that if his story were told from his point of view it wouldn't be very believable. As both an ordinary guy and an outsider Nick is ideally placed to give us a perspective on things to which we can relate.

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By process of elimination, it is evident that the relative outsider Nick Carraway is the best person to tell the incredible story of Jay Gatsby.

Gatsby himself could never have told the story, because he could never tell it in an impartial way, and if he tried, the whole novel would have likely been a long list of everything he loves about Daisy, and diatribes about how lonely he is and how his wealth has not bought him happiness.

Next, let us consider Daisy Buchanan as a possible narrator. While beautiful and charming, Daisy lacks the depth of character that would be required to make her a good storyteller.

Tom Buchanan is distracted, to say the least, by the love affair that he is having on the side. He is also a domineering character, likely to make the story all about him had he been the storyteller.

Jordan Baker is both Nick's love interest and a well-known twister of the truth. As an audience, we would have fallen victim to Jordan's need to protect herself from unpleasant truths had she...

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