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Nick Carraway Is Not an Impartial Narrator Essay

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  • on April 14, 2015
  • Category: English
  • Length: 461 words

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Nick Carraway is Not an Impartial Narrator

The Great Gatsby, a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It is a novel that tells the story of different people’s lives and how they are intertwined with each other. The story is told from the viewpoint of the character Nick Carraway. It is through his eyes and ears that the reader forms their opinions of the other characters. In the novel the characters trust Nick and confide in him quite a bit. He thinks of himself as an open minded non-judgmental, non-partial person. I think that it is almost impossible to live your life and not judge others and also not be partial and judge different individuals with different standards. 


Nick wants the readers to believe that the way he was raised gives him the right to pass judgment on an immoral world. He says, that as a consequence of the way he was raised he is "inclined to reserve all judgments" about other people (page 5). His saying this makes it seem like we can trust him to give a fair unbiased account of the story that he is telling, but we later learn that he does not reserve all judgments. Nick further makes us feel that he is a non-partisan narrator by the way he tells of his past. We come to see that Nick is very partial in his way of telling the story. This is shown when he admits early in the story that he does not judge Gatsby because Gatsby had an "extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness". This made Nick more loyal to Gatsby than other characters in the book. 


Nick overlooks the wrongness of Gatsby's bootlegging, his known associations with speakeasies, and with the character Meyer Wolfsheim, a man rumored to have fixed the World Series in 1919. Yet he is disapproving of Jordan Baker for cheating in a golf game. He also says that he is prepared to forgive this sort of behavior in a woman, "It made no difference to me. Dishonesty in a woman is a thing you cannot blame too deeply, I was causally sorry, and then I forgot" it seems like he...

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