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Nick Carraway as a Narrator

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Jonelle Pallotta

on 5 December 2012

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Nick Carraway as a Narrator What Type of Narrator is Nick? What is a Narrator? Second Person Objective Third Person Subjected thus Nick is a first person narrator A narrator is the person who tells the story. This figure is not necessarily the same as the person who wrote the story. Not a character in the story, but instead an observer. (outside voice)
A third-person narrator might be omniscient.
The narrator may only focus on one character. The narrator tells the readers how that character sees the world, but does not do this for the rest of characters. The narrator tells what happens in a story without stating more then what is found in the story's action and dialogue.
The narrator remains a detached observer by never disclosing anything about what the characters think, feel or body language. Modified by individual bias and is not based on fact. Instead it is based on the opinion of the narrator.The reader can only hear the point of view of one character.
Having a subjected view is opposite to having an objected view. Uses words such as "you" to refer to characters.
As such draws the reader into the text as one of the characters.
Not very common PROS CONS How is Nick Portrayed Only know what Nick knows.
Leaves room for interpretation.
Readers feel closer to the characters. Biased.
Do not know what other characters are thinking Nick's Journey Does Nick Make A Good Narrator? Yes No or With all that in mind.... What Does Nick think By the End? First Person There are several points of view that a narrator can have. Narrator uses "I" (occasionally"we") who speaks from his/her subject position.
Usually a character in the story, who participates in the action of the story.
Readers can not know anything the narrator does not know.
What the narrator is recounting might not be the objective truth.
Limited omniscient point of view. Limited Omniscient Point of View: A narrator whose knowledge is limited to one character, either major or minor. Omniscient: A narrator who knows everything about all the characters; is all knowing. YOU Honest (pg. 64)
Non-judgemental/ Objective.(pg.5, 6 and 63)
Careful (pg.63)
Raised on Midwestern values such as hard work, perseverance, and justice.
Outsider: Nick seems out of place at the parties. Develops an opinion.
He is disgusted by the fake nature of the socialites.When he realizes his social superiors (Daisy, Jordan, Tom) are shallow, uncaring, and self-serving, he decides to return to the west.
Through the course of The Great Gatsby Nick grows, from a man dreaming of a fortune, to a man who knows that fortune can bring misery. VS Objective Subjective Nick Objective Subjective Nick •Is a character in the story and participates with other characters.
•Uses “I”
•Limited omniscient view.
•Readers only know the information that Nick knows. Moves to West Egg to get into the bonds business
Learns about Tom's affair.
Meets Gatsby.
Daisy and Gatsby have an affair.
Gatsby is murdered.
Hardly anyone shows up for the funeral.
Nick moves back home to Midwest. ( Annenberg Foundation 2012) ( Annenberg Foundation, 2012) (Reed Collage, 2012) (Learn to Write Fiction, 2010) (Learn to Write Fiction, 2010) Nick's Colours Dressed in white: pure and honest (pg.46, 188)
Can Nick be Trusted? POINT OF VIEW: First person subjective. Nick tell us the truth as he knows it, as such we need to trust in Nick to be a good narrator based on integrity and empathy.
INTEGRITY: Nick is well educated, and portrays himself as honest. Allows audience to believe that Nick is making a truthful account of the story.
EMPATHY: Nick is an everyday person and thus the audience is able to make connections to Nick (he is relatable). This also makes his narration seem more believable.
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