The Unreliable Narrator In The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Great Gatsby In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, the topic of an unreliable narrator arises. Nick Carraway, who is the narrator of this novel, is seen as a biased/unreliable narrator due to his speech when he speaks about Jay Gatsby and also because he is not an omniscient narrator. Because of these decrepencies, it is impossible to see Nick as a reliable narrator. At the beginning of the novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald immediately forms Nick Carraways character. Nick describes himself as being someone who reserves all judgment but, throughout the novel he is constantly relaying his opinion about other people. Nick makes a comment about his cousin Daisy’s husband Tom and says, “The fact that he “had some women in New York” was really less surprising than that he had been depressed by a book.” Nick is blatantly insulting Tom, and…show more content…
All of these phrases illustrate Nick being unsure, which makes him a non omniscient narrator. Nick knows nothing more than we do in this novel, if not less. We cannot take what Nick says to be literal due to his indecrepancies as a narrator. He is not credible and since there are moments in the novel where Nick cannot be seen as credible, it makes the whole novel questionable because if he lies and alters his perception at certain moment, what’s to say he’s not that way all along. Nick sees Gatsby as a wonderful man who can do no wrong in his eyes. He uses beautiful language when he refers to Gatsby such as “If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life.” (2) Nick describes Gatsby as being “Gorgeous” and uses other figurative language to manipulate the audience so that they will like Gatsby. This is why this description is introduced at the beginning of the

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