The Great Gatsby10
The role of the narrator is to establish a link with the outside world and the one in
which he lives. Nick in essence becomes the eyes and ears of the novel. And through him
the basis of opinions that occur on the other characters are created. Nick becomes the
sole source for information in the novel. Nick also participates in the novel, and is not
just an observer. Nick provides the novels moral framework.
Nick Carraway the Narrator starts off with a little bit about himself as to provide
some background on his life. 1"I graduated from New Haven in 1915, just a quarter of a
century after my father, and a little later I participated in that delayed Teutonic migration
known as the Great War. I enjoyed the counter-raid so thoroughly that I came back
restless.". Nick graduated from a university in New Haven. This provides readers with an
idea of his intelligence. Nick was also involved in World War 1 in which he spent some
time in the trenches. The time he spent there changed his perspective of reality, and it
changed his lifestyle. Gatsby was also involved in the war along with Nick so there is
some similarities between both Gatsby and Nick therefore a link of similar experiences
2"My family have been prominent, well-to-do people in this Middle Western city
for three generations. The Carraways are something of a clan, and we have a tradition
that we're descended from the Dukes of Buccleuch, but the actual founder of my line was
my grandfather's brother, who came here in fifty-one, sent a substitute to the Civil War,
and started the wholesale business that my father carries on to-day." This gives insight
into Nick's background, through his parents and their parents, etc.... for three generations.
It gives an idea of his family's social status, which would have been about average back
3"After two years I remember the rest of that day, and that night and the next day,
only as an endless drill of police and photographers and newspaper men in and out of
Gatsby's front door." There is a two year time lapse at this part in the novel from when all
the main events took place. A reader must remember this, when reading the novel, as
Nick can easily forget some of the important points that took place. The reader must keep
these points in mind as it might provide better understanding of the novel.
Nick provides the moral framework for this novel which helps to shape your
opinions of the other characters. 4"'Whenever you feel like criticizing any o...