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In The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald uses the well situated tolerant and open-minded narrator Nick Caraway to effectively narrate the story of the morally decaying society in the 1920s Jazz age Fitzgerald opens the novel by introducing the reader to the narrator Nick Caraway Nick has recently moved away from his exhausted and bitter experience in the East and is now telling his story through the filter of time Nick is recounting these distant events by way of memory making it essential that the reader trusts his knowledge of these past events seeing how time can disfigure recollections Because the novel is narrated in third person Nick is the only source of information for the reader making it essential that the reader is able to trust Nicks opinion and judgment To establish the necessary faith within Nick Fitzgerald gives the reader certain details that make Nick an adequate narrator To persuade the reader of his moral judgment Nick explains In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that Ive been turning over in my mind ever since Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone just remember that all the people in this world havent had the advantages that youve had5 From this quote the reader understands Nick is from a family that values a sense of moral judgment encouraging the reader to gain more confidence in Nicks moral judgment As Nick continues to sell himself as a narrator he informs the reader he is an educated man graduating from the respectful University of Yale to empathize he is inelegant and he will be able to recount the past events accurately Nick describes his family to have been prominent well-to-do people in this middle-western city for three generations The Caraways are something of a clan and we have a tradition that were descended from Dukes of Buccleuch I never saw this great uncle but Im supposed to look like him7 Nick
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