• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How effective is Nick Carraways first person narrative technique in The Great Gatsby?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Priya Parmar How effective is Nick Carraways first person narrative technique in The Great Gatsby? Nick Carraway is an impartial narrator, however not a passive one. Nick Carraways first person viewpoint is effective as it allows the reader on the one hand to see how the narrative is being constructed and , on the other hand, to participate in Nicks sense of discovery as the story unfolds. We see things from Nicks point of view therefore see the action firsthand as he is always present as the story is untold or has the story told to him as it unfolds therefore he knows all that there is to know at any point in the book, and follow this up with him. We see things trough Nicks eyes and hear his judgements. We also trust him and believe he is a trustworthy narrator. From the beginning he says 'I'm one of the few honest people I know.' So we trust him automatically. He becomes our eyes and ears therefore we have to see him as reliable if we are to proceed with the story's development. This is the first sign that we can trust this narrator to give us an even handed insight to the story that is about to unfold. ...read more.

Middle

Nick however betrays the readers trust. He makes judgements about events and chooses to respond to characters differently. The story is also told in retrospect-almost a year after the events of summer took place. This allows the narrator to look back on the events and make public judgement about Gatsby and the main characters even before the story starts. It is through Nicks eyes and ears that we form our opinions of the other characters. Anyone would say it is wrong to have an affair but due to the fact that Nick thinks highly of Gatsby and talks about him passionately we empathise with him for going after Daisy, a married woman with a child. There isn't much of a gap between the author and the reader as the reader becomes the author. Nick is a well suited to narrating The Great Gatsby because of his temperament. He says that he is tolerant, open minded, quiet, and a good listener. As a result of this people tell him secrets and talk to him therefore he always knows what's going on which helps develop the plot and seeing as we see things from his point of view we are also told the information as it comes. ...read more.

Conclusion

We still are not able to get inside Gatsby's head to see why is still hung up over Daisy and how he got so rich. He is a bit of a mysterious character. If a small passage or a few chapters were written in Gatsbys point of view we would gain an insight as to what his motives are and why he has all these house parties but is disconnected from the world. He is an illusionist who lives in a fantasy world and focuses on the past and builds his whole life around Daisy but without her. He organises parties to meet her and when she finally is in his life he acts a bit rude and cold i.e when she goes to his house for the first time. He also talks passionately about a kiss they had in the past but fails to realise that it is the past and believes that the past can repeat itself. Is we could see things from Gatsby's point of view, it would be clearer for us to understand why he does what he does and what is he is feeling. After all the book is named after him but we don't find out too much about him personally. A third person narrative technique would be better in telling us the viewpoints and thoughts of all the main characters. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE F. Scott Fitzgerald section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE F. Scott Fitzgerald essays

  1. Narrative perspective plays a very big role in The Great Gatsby - Nick's role ...

    he is involved in the lives that the story focuses on, he is not usually directly involved. o He relates the reader his perception of the events that occur around him, he fits into the story so smoothly without really being an intruder.

  2. Views on the role of Nick as a narrator in the Great Gatsby have ...

    to reserve all judgments" (p 7), about other people, but then goes on to say that such "tolerance . . . has a limit"(p 7), which proves he does judge people. This is the first sign that we cannot trust this narrator to give us an even-handed insight to the story that is about to unfold.

  1. How much do we learn about Gatsby's character and how is it revealed to ...

    Nobody from Nowhere'. This hurt him as his main aim in life was to be respected by the affluent in society. Part of this act was to put on parties that the social elite would attend. He held lavish parties in the vain hope that Daisy might turn up.

  2. The Great Gatsby's Love

    is a good thing, it is not the case in The Great Gatsby. Gatsby didn't even know who she was anymore; I don't think Daisy was worth the pain and effort he went to, to acquire his status. The fact of the matter is that Gatsby had been lying to Daisy since they met.

  1. How Reliable is "The Great Gatsby's" Narrator?

    then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made." The qualities that Daisy possesses make it justifiable to call her "immorally corrupted."

  2. Examine the contradictions in The Great Gatsby, including its narrative styles.

    this wealth through various illegal dealings: '"Who is this Gatsby anyhow?...Some big bootlegger?"' So desperate is he to be the stereotypical aristocratic gentleman, so he can win Daisy back, that he has created a completely new identity, which allows him to fit into the society he wishes to be a part of.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work