Profound Narrative Point of View in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s "The Great Gatsby" and Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis”

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His etiquette, trustworthy personality, and exciting lure as the newcomer allow him to unearth the genuine essence of the other characters and look through a window into their exposed souls. He is also present for many events that would usually be behind closed doors or unable to be fully understood by someone who hasn’t seen or heard of shady past behaviours. He is the only character who truly comes full circle having dipped a toe into the subtle, icy chill of what New York had to offer him. He quietly assessed people - their many faces and complicated relationships and curiously observed as events unravelled in the midst of him. His insight, objectivity and disgust ultimately allowed him to finally understand the moral wasteland and dishonesty that might have one day swallowed him. Nick makes a good narrator because he starts out a little naïve and quite fascinated by the people around him - their possessions, quirks, sophistication, appearances, and individual stories. As we make the journey with Nick throughout the novel, uncovering hidden truths and empty morals, we discover in a sense we were just like him – naïve and hopeful. We rooted for the romance of Daisy and Gatsby, hoped to like Jordan, wanted to see Tom suffer just a bit, and couldn’t wait for the next extravagant party. As the story moves along, we seem to parallel Nick’s
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