The Great Gatsby: Nick Carroway A Good and Neutral Narrator
In today society, many people like to follow the current. They want
to catch the wave. Which mean, it does not matter if things were good or bad,
right or wrong, they just follow and do them without any thinking. Therefore,
there are not too many people would like to be a normal, thoughtful nor
neutral person. However, in the novel, The Great Gatsby, by Scott Fitzgerald,
one of the character name is Nick Carroway, he was the good and neutral
narrator. It was because, in the novel, he analyzed all of the things with
regard to accuracy of observation.
In The Great Gatsby, when Mr.Gatsby told Vick he wanted to return the
past over again with his lover- Daisy, Nick Carroway warned him to give it up,
because it was impossible. Unforturately, Mr.Gatsby was not believe it. So at
the end, Mr.Gatsby's dream still had not came true because Daisy did not break
up with Tom and go with him. It can be seen in the last chapter on the novel,
when Gatsby was murder, Daisy went to somewhere else with her husband, and did
not go to Gatsby's funeray.
I called up Daisy half and hour after we found him,
called her instinctively and without hersitation. But
she and Tom had gone away early that afternoon, and
taken baggage with them.
Therefore, Nick Carroway's analysis was right by these clear
However, Nick Carroway is a good narrator, he sees everything happen
and does not trust everybody easily. So during the people discuss about
something at a time, he does not believe it is true. After he proves it, he
will accept the truth.
Moreover, when Nick went to Gatsby's party, there is a drunk lady
telling everyone Gatsby killed a man before.
Somebody told me they thought he killed a man once.
Also, there is one more lady said that Gatsby was a German spy:
It is more that he was a German spy during the war.
Nick heard it, but when Nick had a chance to have a lunch with Gatsby,
he told Nick, he was an Oxford man and show him that fought in World War One.
Then Nick knew Gatsby was not a German Spy nor a murderer.
Furthermore, at the end of the novel, when Daisy drove Gatsby's car
and killed Mrs.Wilson in a car accident, Nick's first though Gatsby killed
Mrs.Wilson. But after Gatsby told him all of the things at that moment, then
Nick was thinking and discuss between Gatsby and Tom's speaking, and make his
own conclusion. Therefore, Nick was a thoughtful man and his is not afraid to
face anything around him. By these facts, he had a clear mind and reliable in
his observations, so it can make people believe Nick Carroways was a neutral
and clear mind narrator of this novel, because this can be seen in Nick's
In the novel, Nick was also a neutral narrator too because he is the
narrator who described everything clearly and accurately. He was trustful
because he described everything without any personal point of view; By the way,
throughout the whole story, he didn't defenses for any characters nor put any
of his self-feeling in it. That's why he is a character who strived for
On the other hand, when Mr.Gatsby tells Tom that Daisy will leave Tom
because she loves Tom no more, it's full of fire's atomsphere and emotion.
" I've got something to tell you, old sport- " began
Gatsby. But Daisy guessed at his intention.
" Please don't!" she interrupted helplessly." Please
let's all go home. Why don't we all go home?"
" That's a good idea." I got up. " Come on, Tom.
Nobody wants a drink."
" I want to know what Mr.Gatsby has to tell me."
" Your wife doesn't love you," said Gatsby. "She's
never loved you. She loves me."
At that time, if Nick was not in a neutral position, he must help
Gatsby or Tom. But, he did not join in the argument between Gatsby and Tom.
He just put himself in a corner, keeping quiet and see whatelse would happened
in page 131 to page 135.
Therefore, we can see that Nick was a neutral man and a narrator who
just care on the truth observation for sure in here.
It is so clear that Nick was a trustful man, so, by his unjustice
information, and his truthful and accurate observation, the reader were sure
that he is standing on neutral position, and the person who does not follow
other people. By his Fantastic personality - does not believe everything nor
what most other people said easily, it shows that Nick can standing on neutral
position truly because of his knowledge and clever.