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CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT In a novel the narrator is the vehicle the one telling the story to the reader Laying out critical information describing the setting creating mood and atmosphere and generating information upon which we create our opinions on characters and events in the novel These are classically what we associate the narrator with regard to the novel and its progression The characters that the author describes are the major focus of the novel Characters change and develop over the course of the novel if there were no kind of change in any of the characters the novel would be almost pointless Stories need to have rounded characters whether they change for the better of worse if nothing happened the novel wouldnt be much to read and wouldnt leave the reader satisfied one way or another in the end What is interesting is when the narrator takes on a different type of role in a novel He is no longer used merely as a device to incorporate information instead he plays an important and active part in the development of the plot Traditionally the narrator is usually outside of the story but in The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald Nick Carraway the narrator is much more than that Nick in this novel is an active member of the story being only second in importance to the main character Jay Gatsby This novel takes a very different approach in its development of the characters Having the narrator change more than any of the other characters this thesis will explain Fitzgeralds unusual development of the characters and their greater significance through the novel For although we would expect a certain standard technique in telling a story Fitzgerald uses a much different method The first person to discuss is the main character of the story Jay Gatsby A self made man who amasses a great amount of wealth he is a romantic idealist trapped
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