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Comment on the way Fitzgerald communicates Gatsby’s character to the reader. How important is Nick as narrator to this process?

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"Comment on the way Fitzgerald communicates Gatsby's character to the reader. How important is Nick as narrator to this process?" From the beginning of the novel, our views and opinions of Gatsby are refracted through Nick. We know very little about Gatsby, and we are unable to find out anything about him, without the information being filtered by Nick. Nick is very important to us, as readers, as we get all our information through him. We are led to believe that our narrator is a trustworthy character, "I'm inclined to reserve all judgements." ...read more.

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hope, a romantic readiness such that I had never found in any other person and which it is likely that I shall ever find again." When we first encounter Gatsby, it is a recollection of Nick's first sighting of him. Gatsby is standing outside his house, staring over the bay at a green light, which we later find out is the light at the end of the jetty, which belongs to Daisy and Tom. At this point, the character of Gatsby is shrouded in mystery. We know nothing about him, except what Nick has already told us. ...read more.

Conclusion

The most useful and obvious way in which Gatsby is communicated to us is through our senses. Gatsby is described to us as a riot of colour, in suits of beautiful fabric and elegant style, "......Gatsby, in a white flannel suit, silver shirt, and gold-coloured tie, hurried in." Fitzgerald plays on these descriptions, relating them to us in such intricate detail and precision, that we are able to produce a virtual image of him in our minds. Through this description of his outer appearance we begin to understand his mentality, and his love for beautiful things, and his need to impress Daisy. However we do not, at this early stage, understand his true identity, and underlying secrets. ...read more.

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