Nick Carraway the Narrator of THe Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

671 WordsJan 26, 20183 Pages
Nick Carraway is the narrator of The Great Gatsby. As the narrator we get his insights and views of people and situations. From this, the reader can conclude that he is kind of stuck up and snobby. He almost seems to dislike people in general and totally avoids emotional commitments. He isn’t entirely honest about himself and often misunderstands others. From this, I conclude that Nick Carraway is an unreliable narrator. Nick uses various examples of Gatsby as if everything has already occurred. In chapter one it is unveiled that Nick is very judgmental. "Gatsby who represented everything for which I had an unaffected scorn for." (1, F. Scott Fitzgerald) Nick reveals through that quote that he has a type of affection for Gatsby and it seems like if it was anyone else he'd wouldn't care or give them attention. The more he learned things about Gatsby the more judgmental he seemed to become of others. Nick’s background, life style, attitude towards poor people, and relationships with people come through and show how judgmental he is. He grew up in riches, arguably because of his father being his main source of income. When he was younger his father said to him, "Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages you've had." (1, F. Scott Fitzgerald) It seems to me that Nick totally misunderstands his father’s advice. Clearly Nick’s father is advising tolerance here, and it seems like he had started to
Open Document