Nick’s Unreliable Narration
11 June 2013
Thesis Statement- Nick is an unreliable narrator in The Great Gatsby. I. Unreliable Narration
A. Nick is an unreliable Narrator because of many traits.
i. “The distance between the narrator’s perception and the reader’s perception… If this distance exists we have, to some degree, an unreliable narrator” (21 Thomas E. Boyle) II. Contradictions
A. Contradiction- n. An assertion of the direct opposite to what has been said or affirmed; denial; contrary declaration. Nick has many contradictions throughout the story which shows how he misleads the reader. i. “in consequence of his father’s influence-the advice that has so indelibly impressed Nick”…”Just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages you had”… “he later snobbishly repeats,” “are fundamental decencies are parceled out unequally at birth” (22 Thomas E. Boyle and 5-7 The Great Gatsby) ii. “I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known” (64 The Great Gatsby) “You wait here, I said. I’ll see if there’s any sign of commotion”…”There was an iii. “Unmistakable air of natural intimacy about the picture and anybody would have said that they were conspiring together”… “Is it all quiet up there? He asked anxiously yes, it’s all quiet.”(152-153 The Great Gatsby) iv. “You can’t repeat the past can’t repeat the past, he cried incredulously why of course you can”... “I’m going to fix everything just the way it was before” (116-117 The Great Gatsby) v. “She was incurably dishonest. She wasn’t able to endure being at a disadvantage”… “It made no difference to me.” (63 The Great Gatsby) “Won’t you come in, Nick.”… “It’s only half past nine, she said I’d be damned if I’d go in; I’d had enough of all of them for one day and suddenly that included Jordan” too.” (149-150 The Great Gatsby) III. Panderer
A. Panderer- Nick in the story lets things happen. Nick does not step into or try to stop many events in the story. Nick at...
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