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Use of Point of View in Gatsby Fitzgerald uses a satirical and serious tone to set up the conflict that dominates the entire novel an idealistic dream vs the realities of the world Throughout Gatsby the point of view is seen only through Nick which makes it difficult for the reader to understand many situations such as Daisy and Gatsbys relationship This was a major flaw in the novel although Fitzgerald did a magnificent job of showing the point of view with the contrasting tones Fitzgeralds decision to narrate the story through Nicks eyes presents limitations and provides the means to relate the tone and message of the novel as a whole This constraint on detailed development was imposed solely by point of view Fitzgerald lays out the plot through the perspective of on essential character which leaves out the intimacy of the relationships amongst others The reader and Nick are uncertain of other characters and can only make judgments upon inferences other than hard facts In the situation between Gatsby and Daisy some of the power that backs Gatsbys quest for the American Dream is never presented The situation is somewhat relieved when Fitzgerald points out that he too has flaws This shows that the reader can rely on Nick more so than before because he is honest with the reader Nick admitted that he was vulnerable providing the reader with an opportunity to judge each character and waste less time analyzing the credibility of the narrator and whether he is honest Fitzgerald also uses detail in the novel to show the conflict in the novel But I didnt call to him for he gave a sudden intimation that he was content to be alone This quote shows Nicks respect for Gatsby and his understanding I glanced seaward-and distinguished nothing except a single green light minute and far away that might have been the end of the dock As the reader comes
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