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Nick Carraway has a very important part in this novel He isnt just one character among several others It is through his eyes and ears that we form our opinions on the other characters Often readers of this novel confuse Nicks views with those of F Scott Fitzgeralds because the fictional world he has created closely resembles the world he himself experienced But not all narrators are the voice of the author Before considering the gap between author and narrator we should remember how we the readers respond to the narrators perspective especially when that voice belongs to a character who like Nick is an active participant in the story When we the readers read any work of fiction no matter how realistic or fabulous we undergo a suspension of disbelief The fictional world creates a new set of boundaries making possible or credible events and reactions that might not commonly occur in the real world but which have a logic or a plausibility to them in that fictional world In order for this to be convincing we trust the narrator We take on his perspective if not totally then substantially He becomes our eyes and ears in this world and we have to see him as reliable if we are to proceed with the storys development In The Great Gatsby Nick goes to some length to establish his credibility indeed his moral integrity in telling this story about this great man called Gatsby He begins with a reflection on his own upbringing quoting his fathers words about Nicks advantages which we could assume were material but he soon made it clear that they were spiritual or moral advantages Nick wants his reader to know that his upbringing gave him the moral fiber with which to withstand and pass judgment on an amoral world such as the one he had observed the previous summer He says rather pompously that as a consequence of such an
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