Fitzgerald aims to build a sense of trust and so portrays characters as well educated and enlightened, as such that Nick is ‘inclined to reserve all judgments’ and being ‘privy to the secret grief of wild, unknown men’. This forces the reader to trust Nick’s retrospective recollections; and the fact that the reader is aware of how his perceptions may have been altered by future knowledge or the erosion of memory through time indicates this memoir may be an edited version that is not completely reflective on the true events. Fitzgerald clearly sets the setting of the whole novel: the West Egg and East Egg, it is arguably said that it could be referred to the history of the Christopher Columbus story. This enhances the imagery of an egg as the start of a new life; Nick felt that ‘life was beginning over again’. Moreover, Fitzgerald allows Nick to point out the superficial similarities between the two communities, revealing differences gradually; extravagant wealthy people populate both Eggs and to the outsiders they are a source of ‘perpetual wonder’.
Fitzgerald also uses Nick to add his personal opinion which is displayed as Nicks, this however is contradictory to the construct of Nick as he states at the start of the chapter he states that he is ‘inclined to reserve all judgement’ Fitzgerald uses irony here as Nick is very judgemental throughout the whole novel. The start of chapter 1 is told as a brief summary of Nick caraways life until it moves onto introducing and describing Gatsby, we can see that it is a reflectional summary of Nicks early life as it simply says ‘in my younger and more…’ we see that is almost summarising his life very shortly as if it were to be written in a memo or told in a short
The marble swimming pool shows us a sense of opulence seeing as marble is a luxury material thus making this an ostentatious show of wealth and implies that Gatsby only buys the best. ‘Factual imitation’ is an oxymoron seeing as ‘fact’ is something real and ‘imitation’ is merely a copy of something. There is clearly this image however it lacks History, much like Gatsby who has money but no history so therefore not this sense of class. Normandy has a lot of history so is a good place to copy however this shows us Gatsby’s desire for this sense of class. Additionally this replica could represent the fact that Gatsby is trying to reinvent and replicate his past with Daisy.
-In nadsat style, addressing the reader with ‘’O my brothers’’ creates a more personal bond with Alex, and their for it is easier for the reader to sympathize with Alex even though he is such a flawed character. -When the violence is shown in the book, more nadsat is used with for example: ‘’to tolchock a chelloveck in the kishkas’’ this being an alienating and distancing the reader and Alex from the violent acts he commits. If the nadsat is purely read for its language it sounds humorous, but often takes a sickening and repulsive turn, that is when you realize what is actually happening. For example: ‘’So he did the strong-man on the devotcha, who was still creech creech crecching away in very horrorshow four-in-a-bar, locking her rookers from the back, while I ripped away at this and that and the other, the others were going haw haw haw still, and real horrorshow groodies they were that then exhibited their pink glazzies, O my brothers, while I untrussed and got ready for the plunge.’’ This sounds quite comical and humorus until its found out that the devotcha (woman) is being raped. In short: -What is the Nadsat language, where is it
Taleb rarely points out data or figures in defense of his arguments and defends the same by saying that it is a mistake to use statistics without logic, but not vice versa. We underestimate the share of randomness in about everything, due to myriad biases we often tend to attribute our successes to our skills and blame bad luck for our failures. Risk taking is described as random foolishness. People are taught to think simple and that simplification is also dangerous. Thus there are two poles, extreme thinkers and simplifiers, both of whom are dangerous.
Twain is establishing from the get go that this novel should not be argued or criticized because it may be offensive to people but that it should be read as a novel that shows two men who find friendship despite racial boundaries. Although there is a growing concern regarding Huck Finn as being too racist and too blunt, this novel should be taught at schools because it provides a valuable lesson about how equality and high sense of morals prevails over societal views and racial barriers. Twain created the character Huck to serve as an example of the type of person people should be aspire towards. Huck unlike most everyone in the south, ignores racial barriers set forth by society and does what he believes to be right. Hucks test of this philosophy occurs at three main points the first being when he is confronted on the river by two passer-byers who ask to check his raft for a runaway slave.
He had been taught to reserve judgements about other people as if he was to compare them to himself he may misunderstand them. The readers learn more about the narrator in the form of a character as nick caraway reveals his past, education, social knowledge etc. The reader also realises further in the opening chapters that the narrator/character Nick Carraway goes against his words and upbringing in the brief mention of jay Gatsby and he judges him “there was something gorgeous about him”. This therefore gives the readers the impression that nick is a hypocritical character and could possibly be a biased narrator. F Scott FitzGerald presents Nick Carraway as a character and narrator by showing in Nick’s own way that he has come “back from the East last autumn” fed up off his experiences there.
This random party is another way in which Fitzgerald tells the story. All these rich characters go from one social event to another, and by emphasising this, those characters lose credibility and makes them look shallow. This therefore gains more respect from the reader towards Nick and as its being told as if he is the author allows him to get his point looked at and accepted. Although the title of the book is ‘The Great Gatsby’ we only see two real moments of Nick talking about him in the
[Title] [Introduction] [Nick] In The Great Gatsby the character Nick Carraway acts as the narrator. He starts the story off by comparing himself to the world. He claims to be a moral person who can resist the urge to judge the people around him because if he holds them up to his own moral standards, his expectations will be too high for them. He even goes as far to say that the world would be better if everyone thought as he did and withheld their judgments about their peers. Now, even though Nick is the storyteller, this arrogant self-description shows that he is not reliable due the fact that he thinks of himself as superior to the masses.
Fitzgerald uses flashbacks very frequently in the novel, and by doing this Fitzgerald immediately has the reader questioning Nick, as accounts of the past are not as reliable as descriptions of the present. The form is also an important factor of how Fitzgerald tells the story in chapter two, as form is all about perspective. As Nick is the only narrator, we only hear Nick’s perspective on everything and therefore rely on Nick’s perspective on things such as characters and events in order to form our own judgment on them. However, Fitzgerald uses this technique very cleverly as we learn a lot about Nick Carraway as a character through his narration. In chapter one, he mentions that he is “inclined to reserve all