How Does Fitzgerald Tell the Story in Chapter 5 of 'the Great Gatsby'?

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How Does Fitzgerald Tell the Story in Chapter 5 of 'the Great Gatsby'?

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Nick Carraway is the primary voice in chapter 5 of Fitzgerald’s 20th century tragedy. This means that all opinions and points of view are portrayed through Carraway’s first person, retrospective and fallible narration. Carraway is presented as fallible in this chapter, as the gaps in the narrative reveals Nick as a fallible narrator. He states that ‘I don’t know whether or not Gatsby went to Coney island’ yet he speculates what Wilson is thinking at the end of Chapter 8 exposing his narration to be fallible as it shows that a lot of the narrative could be speculative and therefore unreliable. Nick also speculates at the end of the chapter, ‘there must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams’, however due to the sense desperation that starts to oose out of Gatsby as he states with ‘automatic quality’ that he and Daisy had been apart for ‘5 months next November’, we know this to be untrue proving Carraway’s speculation to be liable. The voice of daisy is presented as beautiful and almost lyrical, which of course juxtaposes her dark and unfaithful personality. Her personality is fully revealed in chapter 5 as she denounces her husband – ‘who is tom’. This parallels her quote ‘Gatsby? What Gatsby?’ in chapter 1 showing that she doesn’t care about either; tom presents security for Daisy, and Gatsby is an affair to get revenge for Tom and Myrtle. Daisy is represented as a Siren throughout the Great Gatsby as ‘her voice was a wild tonic in the rain’, silencing nature. Her mythical presence in the novel draws Gatsby in, mainly through the use of the green light ‘that burns all night’. Gatsby is described as ‘absorbed in’ the green light, showing his obsession, and the fact that Daisy is slowly drawing him in. Gatsby of course replies with the ‘world’s fair’, and his ‘such beautiful shirts’ and other clothes. The fact that Gatsby wears a gold tie, reminiscent of wealth and an actual gold bar, against a white flannel suit (so the gold...
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