Chapter One Gatsby

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  • Created by: Emma
  • Created on: 29-03-14 19:49

How to approach the question:

'How does Fitzgerald tell the story in Chapter One?'

  • Main Point
    • The Impossibility and Corruption of the American Dream
      • Nick Carraway as a narrator
        • Fitzgerald employs Nick Carraway as an unreliable narrator
        • He is first established as a near invisible character who sees everything but is 'inclined to reserve all judgements'
        • Later in the chapter, after Nick's self evaluation, Fitzgerald creates irony in that Nick says 'a sense of fundamental decencies is parcelled out at birth'
        • This contradicts his earlier statement that he would reserve his judgement which in turn causes the reader to question Nick's reliability as narrator
        • The reader is therefore inclined to thoroughly consider everything they read primarily in order to determine

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