Nick’s personal relationship with each character makes him eased towards them all in some way. When the reader is first introduced to Daisy and Tom Buchanan at their home, he put the reader in a position to take in all the grandeur of the wealthy pairs lifestyle. When Tom takes Nick to meet Myrtle, his mistress Nick takes it shockingly in his stride, making the reader question his morality and whether he is socially pressured or not. Nick is also very biased towards Gatsby, Nick himself describes him as “gorgeous”, how is the reader to be trustworthy of someone who is a criminal?
Nick himself says that M[he’s] inclined to reserve all judgments”, but he rebuts himself a few sentences own the page, which could make the reader judgmental of what he is saying, Nick is the only character in the novel that would be best suited for that role. His relationship with everyone and his positioning in physical relevance and psychological relevance to each character also makes him the perfect voyeur to the other characters in the novel.
But while driving down to their house in East Egg he describes them as ‘Two old friends whom (he] scarcely knew at all”, By this he inadvertently describes himself as not very reliable, and admits to the deader that he had “no sight into Daises heart” someone who he had know for years. He romanticizes the scene that he walks into with Daisy and Jordan lazing on the couches while the curtains are blowing about. Both Jordan and Daisy are wearing white and the scene takes Nick aback. Nick has a clear liking to Daisy and describes her face as “sad and lovely with bright things in, bright eyes and a bright passionate mouth. Both her and Tom hold a place in his history and mindset and so therefore, towards the beginning Of the novel, he doesn’t judge them as harshly as he should. Only at the end of the novel when all the ties connecting them to Gatsby were severed he allowed himself to judge them. Nick deals with the knowledge of meeting his cousin’s husband’s mistress with surprising ease and little to no judgment. Tom does admittedly force Nick off the train, but at any time afterwards Nick could have politely excused himself and left the small party that followed afterwards.
He does try half heartedly to leave once they arrive at the apartment, but Tom pulls him back into the scene and makes him stay and when Nick leaves to go buy some cigarettes they had “discretely speared into the other room”. Nick is pressured to staying at the Para and is told that he Will “Offend Catherine” if he decides to leave. “Each time tried to go I became entangled in some wild, strident argument which pulled me back, as if With ropes, into my chair”, he says When describing how he tried to leave, showing that he really didn’t care.
Later on in the night when Myrtle get her nose broken by Tom in a fit Of anger, He followed Mr. McKee out the door. Nick just plainly does not seem to mind about anything. And allows him to be manipulated by Tom and others around him. Although that part of him, the part that he allows to be manipulated by others, is a big part of what makes people like him and trust him, but readers somewhat make their own decisions when it comes to him. Nick’s bias towards Gatsby somehow changes the readers’ initial reaction to him. Nick clearly admires Gatsby and Gatsby hope for the past to repeat itself and his ability to turn his dreams into reality.
Later on in the novel Nick is told the truth about Gatsby upbringing and he just accepts that Gatsby had become a criminal by selling illegal liquor and by stealing ‘securities’. When Nick becomes aware of Gatsby questionable past and his unfailing belief that Daisy will give her whole life up just for him makes Nick revere him, even though he is a criminal and has lied to him from the first moment that they met. He described Gatsby as “He had one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life.
It faced, or seemed to face, the whole external world for an instant and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted o be understood, believed in you, as you would like to believe in yourself. ” Nick clearly loved Gatsby as a friend and made him the “only one exempt from his judgment” at the very early stages Of the novel, so the reader into the book already trusts this unknown character. So the reader is forced to believe in what Nick thinks is the most honorable person he knows.
Nick believes himself to have the cardinal virtue of being “One of the few honest people that [he] knows”, but Nick’s honesty can sometimes blind him to the fact that people all around him take advantage of him. He also says that “the intimate revelations of young men, or at least the terms in which they express them, are usually plagiarist’s and marred by obvious suppressions”, this doesn’t inspire hope in the reader to believe and agree with Nick as he literally disagrees with a fundamental part Ottawa make him a good narrator within a page.
But he does inspire hope in the fact that he says at even his apparent inclination to “reserve all judgments” after “a certain point [he] doesn’t care what it’s founded on. The fact that even someone who says that he reserves all judgments, but also does e that some acts are just unacceptable, inspires hope in the reader for him, and makes the reader trust him. In conclusion Nick’s narration impacts greatly on how the reader interprets and comprehends the characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald American literary masterpiece.
He gives the reader a unique perspective into the lives of the rich and the not-so-rich. His personal relations to each of the main characters presented show that only someone With his temperament and his special set of moral requirements could give the reader this insight. Daisy and Tom are scribed as careless and not very nice to Others, Tom is seen as just a bully who only want to control what is around him, and can’t stand if he looses full control and lashes out violently.