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How far do you agree that Fitzgerald has created an affective narrator in Nick Carraway?

In my opinion Nick Carraway is the best narrator possible for The Great Gatsby as he is an active participator. His opinions are not biased and I feel that if another character was narrating we would not know all the information there is to know about them e.g. if Gatsby was narrating we would never find out about his criminal record and his mischief, or if Daisy was narrating we would never find out about her affair and drunken secrets. I am not sure that Nick is completely honest about everything that goes on, and it’s clear we can’t trust him on occasions that he is drunk. I am also unsure whether Nick is as honest as he portrays, im not sure that Nick influence the readers thoughts on characters such as Tom and Myrtle; and even making the readers feel sympathy for Gatsby when in reality he’s a crook, who is trying to steal away someone’s wife! I also believe that Nick’s character reflects Fitzgerald, and it allows Fitzgerald to criticise society at the time (1920’s) through Nick Carraway.

Chapter one shows how as a reader we feel we can trust Nick straight away; ‘In my younger and more venerable years’ Immediately we feel we can trust the narrator and that what he says is sensible and reliable; This implies that he is now older and wiser, perhaps endured something that has made him this way and, ‘I’m inclined to reserve all judgements’ ‘Reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope’ Makes us feel that Nick’s judge of character is fair, although again we are unsure whether Nick is filtering the information and choosing what he tells, us, is he telling us the full story?

Nick manipulates our feelings straight away towards Gatsby, he makes us feel sorry for him, as a reader it makes me question whether he is doing this on purpose rather than showing his honest...

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