Examination of the Character/Narrator Nick Carroway

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The following essay will examine the character/narrator Nick Carroway from the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It will investigate whether he is honest or dishonest as a character in the book and thus prove or disprove his statement that “I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known” (page 59).

Throughout the length of the book Nick tried to persuade the reader that he holds back all his judgment, good or bad, which he may have on a person. He hits you with it from the very first page where he states “I’m inclined to reserve all judgments” (page 7) and on the same page “Reserving judgment is a matter of infinite hope” (page 7). With these two statements you get the impression that Nick is trying to put forward the idea that he does not judge people on how they look and act when he first meets them, he holds back all judgments until he has gotten to know and understand them better. It also shows that Nick hopes that if he holds of his judgments the person will change to what he thinks they should be like.

Then about halfway thought the book Nick tells the reader that “It occurred to me that there was no difference between men, in intelligence or race, so profound as the difference between the sick and well” (page 118). In Nick telling the reader this he is making a point where one man may act or behave a certain way but you can’t expect a different man to be the same, you can’t hold a judgment of one person and expect it to apply to every other person.

But even though he is trying to make the reader believe he is always honest there are points within the book where I think Nick is being dishonest. For example when he says to Gatsby “’They’re a rotten crowd’; I shouted across the lawn. ‘You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together’ (page 146) and then straight after tells the reader that “It was the only compliment I ever gave him because I disapproved of him from beginning to end” (page 146-147). Even thought he is being...
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