Lit. AP Per. 10
F. Scott Fitzgerald held a mirror up to his readers in his highly symbolic novel on 1920s America, The Great Gatsby. He portrayed the 1920s as an era of decayed social and moral values, evidenced in its cynicism, greed, and empty pursuit of pleasure. On the surface, The Great Gatsby was a story of the thwarted love between a man and a woman, that of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. Nick Carraway recounted his memoirs during the summer he spent with Gatsby and served as the narrator of the novel. Despite the title's bearing of Gatsby's name, Nick was ultimately the most significant character within the narrative. The character of Nick Carraway was more important than the character of Jay Gatsby because he was the connection between the main characters, expressed Fitzgerald's view on the American dream, and served as a stark contrast to the other characters.
Honest, tolerant, and inclined to reserve judgment, Nick often served as a confidant for those with troubling secrets. After moving to West Egg, Nick quickly befriended his next-door neighbor, the mysterious Jay Gatsby, who in particular came to trust Nick. Since Nick was the cousin of Daisy Buchanan, he became the link between Gatsby and Daisy and facilitated the rekindling of the romance between them. Nick was also a friend of Tom Buchanan, Daisy's husband, when he attended Yale. Since Nick and Tom were friends, the reader was given an inside look to Tom and his personality through their conversations. In addition, since Nick was Daisy's cousin, he met Jordan whom he became romantically involved with. Most of all, Nick was the tie between Gatsby and Daisy, and as a result the chaotic and saddening events of that summer came to pass.
Nick Carraway recounted in his memoirs of that summer all of his observations of Gatsby, his eccentric lifestyle, and the rich social class. Nick was the voice of Fitzgerald throughout the novel and conveyed...