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The Great Gatsby: Nick - a Good and Neutral Narrator

Oct 08, 1999 825 Words
The Great Gatsby: Nick - A Good and Neutral Narrator

In today society, many people like to follow the current. They want to catch the wave. Which mean, it does not matter if things were good or bad, right or wrong, they just follow and do them without any thinking. Therefore, there are not too many people would like to be a normal, thoughtful nor neutral person. However, in the novel, The Great Gatsby, by Scott Fitzgerald, one of the character name is Nick Carroway, he was the good and neutral narrator. It was because, in the novel, he analyzed all of the things with regard to accuracy of observation.

In The Great Gatsby, when Mr.Gatsby told Vick he wanted to return the past over again with his lover- Daisy, Nike Carroway warned him to give it up, because it was impossible. Unforturately, Mr.Gatsby was not believe it. So at the end, Mr.Gatsby's dream still had not came true because Daisy did not break up with Tom and go with him. It can be seen in the last chapter on the novel, when Gatsby was murder, Daisy went to somewhere else with her husband, and did not go to Gatsby's funeray.

I called up Daisy half and hour after we found him, called her instinctively and without hersitation. But she and Tom had gone away early that afternoon, and taken baggage with them.

Therefore, Nike Carroway's analysis was right by these clear observation.

However, Nike Carroway is a good narrator, he sees everything happen and does not trust everybody easily. So during the people discuss about something at a time, he does not believe it is true. After he proves it, he will accept the truth.

Moreover, when Nike went to Gatsby's party, there is a drunk lady telling everyone Gatsby killed a man before.

Somebody told me they thought he killed a man once.

Also, there is one more lady said that Gatsby was a German spy:

It is more that he was a German spy during the war.

Nike heard it, but when Nike had a chance to have a lunch with Gatsby, he told Nike, he was an Oxford man and show him that fought in World War One. Then Nike knew Gatsby was not a German Spy nor a murderer.

Furthermore, at the end of the novel, when Daisy drove Gatsby's car and killed Mrs.Wilson in a car accident, Nike's first though Gatsby killed Mrs.Wilson. But after Gatsby told him all of the things at that moment, then Nike was thinking and discuss between Gatsby and Tom's speaking, and make his own conclusion. Therefore, Nike was a thoughtful man and his is not afraid to face anything around him. By these facts, he had a clear mind and reliable in his observations, so it can make people believe Nike Carroways was a neutral and clear mind narrator of this novel, because this can be seen in Nike's personality.

In the novel, Nike was also a neutral narrator too because he is the
narrator who described everything clearly and accurately. He was trustful because he described everything without any personal point of view; By the way, throughout the whole story, he didn't defenses for any characters nor put any of his self-feeling in it. That's why he is a character who strived for neutrality.

On the other hand, when Mr.Gatsby tells Tom that Daisy will leave Tom because she loves Tom no more, it's full of fire's atomsphere and emotion.

" I've got something to tell you, old sport- " began Gatsby. But Daisy guessed at his intention.
" Please don't!" she interrupted helplessly." Please let's all go home. Why don't we all go home?"
" That's a good idea." I got up. " Come on, Tom.
Nobody wants a drink."
" I want to know what Mr.Gatsby has to tell me."
" Your wife doesn't love you," said Gatsby. "She's never loved you. She loves me."

At that time, if Nike was not in a neutral position, he must help Gatsby or Tom. But, he did not join in the argument between Gatsby and Tom. He just put himself in a corner, keeping quiet and see whatelse would happened in page 131 to page 135.

Therefore, we can see that Nike was a neutral man and a narrator who just care on the truth observation for sure in here.

It is so clear that Nike was a trustful man, so, by his unjustice information, and his truthful and accurate observation, the reader were sure that he is standing on neutral position, and the person who does not follow other people. By his Fantastic personality - does not believe everything nor what most other people said easily, it shows that Nike can standing on neutral position truly because of his knowledge and clever.

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