How reliable a narrator do you think Nick is based on what you have

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How reliable a narrator do you think Nick is based on what you have read in chapters 1 and 2 Throughout the opening of the book we meet Nick Carroway and he exposes many strengths How reliable a narrator do you think Nick is based on what you have read in chapters 1 and 2 Throughout the opening of the book we meet Nick Carroway and he exposes many strengths and weaknesses as the narrator of the book “Great Gatsby”. In this essay I will explore what contributes to him being reliable as well as his drawbacks as the narrator. Nick is never directly involved in any of the events. He only ever observes what is going on and this leads to a very unbiased outlook on the events. If Nick was more involved he may not give the…show more content…
He initially treats Gatsby with contempt claiming at the opening of the novel that Gatsby ‘represents everything for which I have unaffected scorn.’ One of his most unreliable moments was when he got drunk, at a time of prohibition. This was when he went to meet Toms other woman Myrtle. The reader is meant to think this is bad but Tom seems to have no concept of this questioning his morals as the narrator. There is an ellipsis from him being in the lift to waking up in bed with a man looking at a portfolio of ‘beauty and the beast … loneliness … Old Grocery … Horse …’ and this had no connection whatsoever to the previous events, making him very unreliable at this point. Tom judgement and function as narrator are questionable because he actually ahs a family link to one of the key characters. Daisy is Nick’s cousin and this is bound to shroud his judgements slightly, which is clear because he deeply analyses her relationship with Tom Buchanan proclaiming ‘she is not so happy inside.’ This gives the reader an idea that she is not so happy in marriage and is insecure, evident when she confesses to Nick she thinks Tom is having an affair.

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