Write about some of the ways Fitzgerald tells the story in chapter 7.

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The first person intradiagetic narrative in “The Great Gatsby” with Nick Carraway as the focaliser creating characters through his perspective influences the reader to uphold Nick’s opinion of other characters as their own. Such narrative implies a personal essence to the novel and reminds us that the plot of “The Great Gatsby” is a recollection of a summer of happiness and also tragedy for Nick. For instance, particularly in chapter 7 we observe Nick’s fondness of Gatsby, expressed through him stating that “Tom glanced around to see if we mirrored his disbelief. But we were all looking at Gatsby” which infers that despite Gatsby’s determination to destroy Daisy and Tom’s marriage he is a character whom Nick wishes to be admired by the reader, “I wanted to get up and slap him on the back. I had one of those renewals of complete faith in him” the use of the word “faith” proposing that Gatsby is a god-like figure for Nick in terms of his ability to triumph in feuds in which he is morally wrong. 

     Furthermore, the gaps in the narrative and the disrupted chronology of the novel infer that Nick is a dishonest narrator, and in his pursuit to illustrate Gatsby as a character whom the reader should favourite he purposely excludes occurrences that may suggest otherwise. Consequently the reader acknowledges the intensity of Nick and Gatsby’s relationship as he favours a man he barely knows over a relative, ergo evoking deep sadness at Gatsby’s death later in the novel. 

           The character of Tom is created through his obsession with wealth and a successful occupation, “I’ve heard of making a garage out of stable… but I’m the first man who ever made a stable out of a garage”, one of several gloating comments made by Tom whilst greeting other male characters at his home. This implies a sense of arrogance and also weakness to Tom’s persona, as he feels the need to boast of…


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