Write about some of the ways Fitzgerald tells the story in Chapter 1
We are introduced to one Nick Carroway almost as soon as the book commences, and from first glance, its obvious that Fitzgerald is telling the story from the future. Furthermore, Nick explains to us that his Father was a judgemental man, however he is in fact not. Despite telling us this he goes on to rudely describe his father and friends alike in a very judgemental way himself. By telling the story as though it has already occurred, Fitzgerald has created the illusion that his protagonist has already experienced the events that are unfolding. This ensures that Nick is a retrospective narrator throughout the book, as well ...view middle of the document...
As it's said further on in the novel, Gatsby cannot marry Daisy, as he is still poor. However as soon as he finds all of this wealth, he purchases a huge house and a ridiculous car in order to show off his money. And although this was probably assumed from most readers, I believe that this is because he is doing everything he can to prove to Daisy how rich he has become, and now that he drives a stupid car and wears odd suits he is finally worthy of her. Therefore this is why I believe Fitzgerald has created this over the top and showy life for Gatsby, in order to over demonstrate how hard Jay is trying.
The audience already know that Nick is new into this lifestyle, and that he is not particularly wealthy within his own devices. However I think it's clear from the start that Nick will have to change his personality also in order to fit in with his peers. This is due to the fact that w hen Nick leaves the Buchanans’ house, he is “confused and a little disgusted.”. And this is aimed at the attitude Daisy has towards Tom's evident promiscuity. He's confused as to why Daisy doesn’t simply leave Tom and find someone else, but as I said he has yet to adjust to the mind set of the rich and stupid. This is done well by Fitzgerald however, as it gives Nick a sense of lower status in comparison to his friends in that before he becomes involved them he must first adjust his personality. Not only does this work on a human level, but it also reveals more about Nick's character as he explained how genuine and non-judgemental he is, although he acts completely fake in front of these friends he has made. [The likes of which can also be deemed as fake].
Some readers are irritated by Nick Carraway as a narrator.
What is your view of Nick?
As a narrator, I like Nick Carroway. Although he has more than one clear flaw, I believe that there is good in him, and that he exercises this particularly from the penultimate chapter onwards. Of course he has his downfalls, and sometimes he doesn’t always do the right thing, but isn’t that a common trait of all of us? I think that the reason some readers are irritated by the narrator is due to the fact that they see a piece their selves in Nick. Allow me to explain.
"Whenever you feel like criticizing any one...just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had." - This in my opinion is the first case of Fitzgerald pointing towards the reader and asking them to talk a look at themselves. This is because of the fact that we all judge our friends, our family, and other members...