The Great Gatsby - Nick Carroway's Role

905 WordsOct 8, 19994 Pages
In his novel The Great Gatsby, author F. Scott Fitzgerald had the main character Nick Carroway stand out as being overall, a decent person. Nick stands out especially when being compared to the other characters in the story. It is Nick's honesty with himself and toward others, his morality, and his unbiased, slow to judge qualities that make him the novel's best character. <br> <br>The chain 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 dishonest Jordan really is. "She was incredibly dishonest," (Page 58) Nick said, adding, "Dishonesty in a woman is a…show more content…
Jordan's friend Lucille said, "Somebody told me that thought he killed a man once." (Page 44) Lucille followed that statement with, "It's more that he was a German spy during the war." (Page 44) The Gatsby rumors continued from there. However, Nick went unaffected by what he had heard – if he believed it, he would have never given Gatsby a fair chance, and his opinion would have been narrated into the text. 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 so much less shallow that the others, especially people like Lucille. The end result is, then, Nick's skepticism makes him a good, accurate narrator, because he is unbiased and bases his opinions off of fact. <br> <br>All in all, in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Nick Carroway is the only decent character, and his ability to maintain that character once he is surrounded by immoral, corrupt individuals makes him even greater. The fact that he seems so reasonable, and having him be the narrator gives someone for the reader 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
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