The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald In today's society, many people like to follow the current trend and want to " catch the wave". It does not matter if things are good or bad, right or wrong; they just follow and do them without any thinking. Therefore, there are not too many people who want to be a normal, thoughtful or neutral person. In the novel, " The Great Gatsby", by Scott Fitzgerald, the character named Nick Carraway, is such a person. He is a neutral narrator who analyzes everything and tries to relate things as accurately as possible. He advised Gatsby to stay away from Daisy, he proved that Gatsby was not a murderer, and he didn't take sides when Gatsby and Tom got into a brawl. When Mr. Gatsby told Nick that he wanted to go back to his lover, Daisy and start all over again, Nick Carraway warned him to give it up, because it was impossible to recapture the past. Unfortunately, Mr. Gatsby did not believe it and tried to pursue his dream. As it turned out, it was to no avail, as Daisy did not return his love. Not only did she continue to stay with Tom but even at the end when Gatsby was murdered, Daisy showed her disdain for him by not attending the funeral. " I called up Daisy half and hour after we found him, called her instinctively and without hesitation. But she and Tom had gone away early that afternoon, and taken baggage with them". Nick Carraway's advice had been correct. Nick Carraway's observed people carefully and did not trust what they said, until he could prove things for himself. An example of this can be seen when Nick went to Gatsby's party and was told by a drunk lady that Gatsby had killed a man before. " Somebody told me they thought that he had killed a man once". She then continued " . . and that he was a German spy during the war". Nick did not accept this at face value and proceeded to check it out. After questioning Gatsby, he found out that Gatsby was an
man and had fought in World War One. After confirming this, Nick knew that Gatsby was not a German Spy nor a murderer. Another example of Nick's ability to analyze situations can be seen at the end of the novel when Mrs. Wilson is killed. At first it appeared that Gatsby was to blame for the accident because it was his car; however, after gathering all the facts and careful consideration, Nick realized that it could not have been Gatsby. Nick's neutrality is best exemplified when Gatsby and Tom have an argument about Daisy and he doesn't take sides. " 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." page 131 to page 135. Nick is fair, unbiased, truthful, and an accurate observer. He does not not readily believe what he hears and is not a follower of others. He is a very fine narrator.