The Great Gatsby (Character Analysis)

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Roman Sanchez
Mrs. Brennan
IB English 3 HL
7 September 2011
The Great Gatsby
In Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway displays that he is singularly appropriate to narrate this story by being a nonjudgmental, reserved, and clear-minded man. Many people become blinded by wealth and egos. One cannot tell a truthful story with a distorted mind.

Nick demonstrates that he is a true, unbiased narrator. When he was younger, his father tells him, “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in the world haven’t had the advantages you had” (FitzGerald 1). Nick lives his life through these words his father passed down to him. This is the main reason he does not speak his mind in the spur of the moment. Later Nick gives us further insight on his self, and says, “I’m inclined to reserve all judgments, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran bores” (Fitzgerald 1). If a dull person were talking to Nick, Nick’s custom of reserving his opinion would keep him from telling the person to be quiet. I think this is a characteristic that makes Nick unique, especially for narrating.

Almost all of the characters of The Great Gatsby live a fancy, debt-free life, but Nick does not live this way. For example, when Nick describes his house, he says, “My house was an eyesore, but it was a small eyesore, and it had been overlooked” (Fitzgerald 5). Nick was not the average, wealthy west egger who lived in an extravagant house. He did not feel the need to reside in a rich residence. He then describes the neighborhood he lives in, and says, “I live in West Egg well – the less fashionable of the two” (Fitzgerald 5). Nick could of lived in the classically rich East Egg among his cousin Daisy, but he decides to live in the less respectable West Egg; probably to make a name for himself. He definitely could of asked Daisy if he could live with her in East Egg, this shows that he is...
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