The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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"Tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms father. . . . And one fine morning--So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." The last line of F. Scott Fitzgerald 's infamous The Great Gatsby. The main reason as to why he wrote such a novel was to create a consciously artistic achievement of something that was beautiful and simple, yet intricately patterned. What is really intriguing is why Fitzgerald used Nick as the narrator, or the amount of symbolism he used, as well as what one would make of Nick Carraway 's final statement to Gatsby. Using these elements, Fitzgerald accomplishes the purpose in the novel in such a way that his novel is remembered and celebrated eighty-one years subsequent to its publication in 1925.

Nick Carraway is a Yale student and World War I veteran, a new resident of West Egg, and a bond salesman, he is also the narrator of The Great Gatsby, told entirely from his perspective. Even though he is telling the story from how he saw it, he is not the true narrator of the book. The true narrator, who is declaring the tales of Mr. Gatsby is F. Scott Fitzgerald, however, he needed a character who wasn 't himself to tell of the great romance from a different point of view rather than Daisy 's or Gatsby 's. By creating Nick who was a mostly honest man, Fitzgerald would be able to give the reader information without instantly spoiling the opinion of the reader, but instead, give the reader time to make opinions of…

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