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Nick the Narrator

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Introduction

Nick the Narrator In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, all of the characters, except the main character Nick Carroway, represent how corrupt society is. These characters have no morals and don't care about the feelings of others. Nick on the other hand, stands out, overall, as being a decent person. It is Nick's honesty with himself and toward others, his morality, and his unbiased, slow to judge qualities that make him a reliable narrator who is able to objectively report the corruption of the rest of society. The chains of events that occur in the story begin with Nick meeting Jordan Baker at Gatsby's party. It was this meeting that causes Nick to mention the topic of honesty. Nick learns about Jordan's cheating in a golf tournament, and he realizes how untruthful Jordan really is. "She was incredibly dishonest,"(58). Jordan seemed to contrast her own dishonesty with Nick's integrity. On the night of the party, Jordan leads Nick to say, "Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people I have ever known."(60). ...read more.

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Every other character, including Gatsby himself, seemed to think that money could buy happiness. Gatsby's process is a prime example of that; he thought that he could win over Daisy by impressing her with his extravagant parties. The fact is, Daisy being a money-grubber herself, probably would have been won over, had she not been already married to a rich man. That need for money is what leads to the character's corruption. Gatsby was so materialistic that his morality was completely lost - he was led to breaking the law, gambling and bootlegging in order to satisfy his status. Nick, however, went unaffected by this. Nick was moral, and had more values; he valued hard work. After all, the reason he moved to the East was in search of work as a bond salesman. When Gatsby asked Nick if he was interested in "side money," which Nick believed was gained by illegal means, he refused because it would have been immoral. ...read more.

Conclusion

Lucille followed that statement with, "It's more that he was a German spy during the war."(44). The Gatsby rumors continued from there. However, Nick went unaffected by what he had heard and if he believed it, he would have never given Gatsby a fair chance. Instead, he learned the truth from Gatsby himself. The fact that he was slow to judge in this way, unlike so many of the other characters, made him much less shallow than the others, especially people like Lucille. The end result is that Nick's skepticism makes him a good, accurate narrator because he is unbiased and bases his opinions off of fact. Nick Carroway is the only decent character in this book, which is in contrast to the corrupt society. Nick' ability to maintain that character once immoral and corrupt individuals surround him, makes him even greater. The fact that he is reasonable gives the reader someone to relate to throughout the story. Without a narrator like Nick, the novel would seem irrelevant and impossible, but what makes "The Great Gatsby" so incredible is that Nick makes the novel completely realistic. ...read more.

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