The Role of the Narrator in The Great Gatsby Essay

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The Role of the Narrator in The Great Gatsby

The role of the narrator is to establish a link with the outside world and the one in which he lives. Nick in essence becomes the eyes and ears of the novel. And through him the basis of opinions that occur on the other characters are created. Nick becomes the sole source for information in the novel. Nick also participates in the novel, and is not just an observer. Nick provides the novels moral framework. Nick Carraway the Narrator starts off with a little bit about himself as to provide some background on his life. 1"I graduated from New Haven in 1915, just a quarter of a century after my father, and a little later I participated in that delayed Teutonic migration known as
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3"After two years I remember the rest of that day, and that night and the next day, only as an endless drill of police and photographers and newspaper men in and out of
Gatsby's front door." There is a two year time lapse at this part in the novel from when all the main events took place. A reader must remember this, when reading the novel, as
Nick can easily forget some of the important points that took place. The reader must keep these points in mind as it might provide better understanding of the novel. Nick provides the moral framework for this novel which helps to shape your opinions of the other characters. 4"'Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,' he told me, 'just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had.'" Nick quotes his father, at this point in the book. He points out that he shouldn't forget any details, since it may give the wrong impression to the reader. 5"I am still a little afraid of missing something if I forget that, as my father snobbishly suggested, and I snobbishly repeat, a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth." This gives the reader some insight into Nick's own personal values. He also reminds himself of his fathers words of wisdom. through this quote he tries to point out that each person is born into the world under different circumstances, and thus each
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