Narratology in The Great Gatsby

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby demonstrates what Marie-Laure Ryan, H. Porter Abbott and David Herman state about what narratology should be. These theorists emphasize the importance of conflict, human experience, gaps and consciousness, among many other elements, in order for a story to be considered a narrative. The Great Gatsby shows these elements throughout the book in an essential way. This makes the reader become intrigued and desperate to know what will happen next. The Great Gatsby is unpredictable throughout the use of gaps, consciousness and conflict. Nick Carraway, Fitzgerald’s narrator, relates Jay Gatsby’s story in a manner that is at once concise and indirect. These two qualities are not at odds with each other; in…show more content…
This is an example of how a gap works; it takes the reader out of the storyline for just a few seconds to tell another story. Imagination is something that Fitzgerald shows throughout The Great Gatsby immensely. Nick reacts to events in a story he is living in the moment. Other characters in Gatsby, speak of remembrances, but Nick is in the moment - thinking, breathing, reacting and moving forward as he narrates the story of Jay Gatsby. According Giles Gunn in his article F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Gatsby" and the Imagination of Wonder, “The Great Gatsby is nothing if not an attempt to keep something alive in the face of a certain conviction that it has no possibility of ultimate triumph. What is an issue, of course, is not the survival of Gatsby himself nor even the substance of his vision; the one that is fatally vulnerable, the other hopelessly naïve and corruptible” (Gunn 172). Within imagination is a new story taking place of the one that is actually being told. Also, readers are able to see the different sides of Gatsby through the novel, which allows them to imagine what Gatsby will do next. Gunn also has his own opinion on Gatsby’s illusions of imagination: “For Gatsby's illusions have nothing whatsoever to do with the modern, secularized world of Tom and Daisy. As Fitzgerald makes clear on the last page of the novel, Gatsby's dream belongs to a historical order

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