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

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In the popular literary works of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Franz Kafka’s novella “The Metamorphosis,” we are given examples of the importance of a profound narrative point of view in creating an integral depth to the author’s story and enchanting its characters. Through key placement of well-rounded characters, both works of art succeed in creating a perfect narrative point of view which illuminates their stories in emotionally moving ways. The Great Gatsby’s Nick Carraway, plays the role of a secondary character in most of the novel. Enabled by his laidback, trustworthy nature, he manages to provide an extremely interesting first person point of view on all the events surrounding him throughout the story. He also …show more content…
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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