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The Questionable Narrator: Nick Carraway’s Influence on The

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The Questionable Narrator: Nick Carraway’s Influence on The Great Gatsby
Contradictions
“…inclined to reserve all judgments…” (P.1)
“…I am one of the few honest people…” (P. 59)
Claims Jordan Baker is “…incurably dishonest.” (P.74-75)
George Wilson is “…spiritless man…” (P. 25)
Gatsby and Daisy's Romantic History
This information is questionable
Nick was not there
He relies on Jordan Baker ( who is "...incurably dishonest...") to provide this information (P. 74-75)
Indication of unreliability
More Evidence of His Unreliability
Nick is too involved with the major characters
Biased towards Gatsby
Negative towards Tom
Conclusion
TRUE NATURE OF NICK
CAN WE TRUST HIM?
Examples
At very beginning of novel, Nick describes Gatsby's car as being a "station wagon that scampered like a brisk yellow bug to meet all trains" (P.43)
Later on, Nick refers to Gatsby's car as "a rich cream color, bright with nickel" (P.68)
BUT...
Bibliography
http://prezi.com/kxy3qlyqjope/nick-carraway-dont-believe-a-word-he-says/
http://nealabbott.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/the-reliability-of-nick-carraway-part-one-the-naysaying-narrator/
http://www.google.com.ng/imgres?um=1&sa=N&biw=1248&bih=679&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbnid=PEaz6YnVXl5ZJM:&imgrefurl=http://www.digitalspy.com/movies/i522794-8/the-great-gatsby-character-posters-joel-edgerton-as-tom-buchanan.html&docid=JpiBeVF9sxREiM&imgurl=http://i2.cdnds.net/12/51/618x916/movies-great-gatsby-joel-edgerton-tom-buchanan.jpg&w=618&h=916&ei=fIhIUqrHN8Lf4QSk6YCoAQ&zoom=1
http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/movies/i522790-8/the-great-gatsby-character-posters-tobey-maguire-as-nick-carraway.html
Nick also relies on Gatsby, himself to provide him with some information
Nick Carraway's Opinion of Gatsby
Nick's feelings for Gatsby changes throughout the book
In the beginning of the novel, Nick only expresses curiosity about Gatsby
“There was something gorgeous about him.” (P. 7)
Later on, Nick expresses his disapproval of Gatsby
“I disapproved of him from beginning to end.” (P. 162)
At the end of the novel
Nick admires Gatsby
“Gatsby turned out all right in the end.” (P.7)
Modest
Narrator
New to East Egg
Fought in WWI (P. 3)
Background Information
Nick has anegative opinion about Tom
"...impression of fractiousness he conveyed." (P. 7)
His Opinion of Tom Buchanan
When Nick first sees Jordan at the Buchanan's house, he describes Jordan as a strange woman by saying her "chin raised a little as if she were balancing something on it which was quite likely to fall" (P. 13)
Jordan Baker
Example
Nick even tries to convince Gatsby to leave town, after Gatsby's car runs over Myrtle and kills her. (P. 148)
Opinion of Gatsby
Admires Gatsby
"They're a rotten crowd...You're worth the whole damn bunch put together."
Compliments Gatsby and insults the rest
NO!
Questions
Is Nick Carraway reliable? If so or not, why?
Is Gatsby "great"? If so or not, why?
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