Saturday, August 17, 2019
Commentary on One Character in the Great Gatsby – Nick Carraway
Nick Carraway contributes to the Great Gatsby as the unbiased narrator. The tragic love story of 1922 is accounted through NickÃ¢â¬â¢s eyes, with Nick serving as an observer of the relationship between the characters, in particular Gatsby and DaisyÃ¢â¬â¢s, the main lovers of the story. NickÃ¢â¬â¢s retrospective view of the story emphasizes his dynamic character as his thoughts and perceptions of the characters display his loyalty towards Gatsby, and justice and honesty towards the judgement of events, though it is seen by the end of the story that his moral values have been debased by the shallow and corrupted lifestyle of the East. The Great Gatsby is told entirely through NickÃ¢â¬â¢s perspective; this can be said that he is observing the events of the story instead of being involved in it directly. Nick can be seen as a trustworthy narrator, as he learned from his father that he should be Ã¢â¬Ëinclined to reserve all judgements. Ã¢â¬â¢ Furthermore, Nick takes pride in his honesty, Ã¢â¬ËI am one of the few honest people I have ever known. Ã¢â¬â¢ This suggests that Nick gives an unbiased account of the events and a fair judgement on all the characters in the story. However, this is changed by the end of the novel as Nick judges both Tom and Daisy; he Ã¢â¬Ëobjects to shaking handsÃ¢â¬â¢ with Tom during their brief encounter in New York, and describes the Buchanans as Ã¢â¬Ëcareless peopleÃ¢â¬ ¦smashes up things and creaturesÃ¢â¬ ¦let other people clean up the mess they had madeÃ¢â¬â¢. This sheds light on NickÃ¢â¬â¢s harsher perceptions of the Buchanans after GatsbyÃ¢â¬â¢s death, in contrast to his Ã¢â¬Ëinclinations to reserve all judgementÃ¢â¬â¢ in the beginning, accentuating his change of character and morality in effect of living in the East with the wealthy but shallow. In addition, NickÃ¢â¬â¢s account of the story creates a stark contrast between the lifestyle in the East and the West. The West is associated with traditional, conservative values, in paradox to the urbanized, controversial and racy lifestyle in the East. As Nick attends a party in New York in TomÃ¢â¬â¢s mistressÃ¢â¬â¢ apartment, he is Ã¢â¬Ësimultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of lifeÃ¢â¬â¢. This mirrors Nick engrossed with the glamour of the East yet Ã¢â¬ËrepelledÃ¢â¬â¢ by it at the same time. Nick is also seen as the dependable companion of Gatsby. In the beginning, Nick befriends Gatsby whilst attending his party, and was already treated exceptionally well by Gatsby with Nick Ã¢â¬Ëat his (Gatsby) urgent invitation, making frequent use of the beach. Ã¢â¬â¢ This is revealed in Chapter 4 that Gatsby was using Nick to facilitate the rekindling romance between him and Daisy, NickÃ¢â¬â¢s cousin. Despite this, Nick is a trustworthy friend of Gatsby; he serves as GatsbyÃ¢â¬â¢s confidant through him and DaisyÃ¢â¬â¢s affair, for example expressing his feelings to Nick about Ã¢â¬Ëfeeling far away from herÃ¢â¬â¢ after he found Daisy seemingly repelled by one of his lavish parties. Though Gatsby is emotionally close with Nick, his business connections remain mysterious and unsolved. NickÃ¢â¬â¢s relationship with Gatsby is enhanced by his death; he is the only one concerned and Ã¢â¬Ëfinds himself on GatsbyÃ¢â¬â¢s side, and aloneÃ¢â¬â¢ when he found that all GatsbyÃ¢â¬â¢s closest associates, including Daisy, had deserted him. Ã¢â¬ËJust trust me and IÃ¢â¬â¢ll get somebody for you-Ã¢â¬Ë emphasizes NickÃ¢â¬â¢s persisting strong bond with Gatsby. Nick also shows his admirable loyalty towards Gatsby by trying to reach his close partner, Wolfshielm, and many other guests in his parties to attend his funeral, Ã¢â¬Ëhowever it wasnÃ¢â¬â¢t in any use. Nobody cameÃ¢â¬â¢ show his efforts in vain and him helpless. Nevertheless Nick and Gatsby shared a compatible friendship with Nick as a supportive companion. Nick contributes to the Great Gatsby as the moral compass. He showed his attentive attitude through Ã¢â¬Ëmaking an attempt to find his hostÃ¢â¬â¢ whilst attending GatsbyÃ¢â¬â¢s party whereas the others merely gossiped about Gatsby, Ã¢â¬ËI think he killed a manÃ¢â¬â¢. Furthermore, Nick refuses GatsbyÃ¢â¬â¢s offer of a dubious scheme that could earn him Ã¢â¬Ëa nice bit of moneyÃ¢â¬â¢, displaying his honest moral values in contrast to GatsbyÃ¢â¬â¢s shady business associations. However, NickÃ¢â¬â¢s amorality heightens throughout the novel as he pursues a relationship with a woman who he states to be Ã¢â¬Ëincurably dishonestÃ¢â¬â¢, and enjoys her company as she is beautiful and is a golf celebrity, therefore is willing to make an excuse that Ã¢â¬Ëdishonesty in a woman is a thing you never blame deeplyÃ¢â¬â¢. Additionally, Nick praises Catherine for lying to a judge, Ã¢â¬Ëshe showed a surprising amount of character about itÃ¢â¬â¢, showing NickÃ¢â¬â¢s morality contaminated by the dishonest, shallow values of the East. In conclusion, Nick Carraway contributes to the Great Gatsby as the narrator of the events, where he shows an impartial view of the characters. Furthermore, he is a reliable friend to Gatsby and the only concerning friend when Gatsby dies, suggesting his loyalty to him. Nick also possesses ethical moral principles, having come from the west, and was taught to Ã¢â¬Ëreserve all judgementsÃ¢â¬â¢; however this is significantly changed by the end of the story as Nick becomes judgemental towards Tom and Daisy and shows praise for Catherine for lying to a judge about Myrtle and TomÃ¢â¬â¢s affair. Nonetheless, Nick serves the role as the relatively unbiased judge of the story and a trustworthy confidant and companion of Gatsby.