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Great Gatsby-Nick Callaway


            The Trustworthiness of Nick Callaway.
             Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is a novel that elegantly and truthfully details the period of American history known as the Roaring Twenties. Taking place on the West and East Eggs of Long Island, The Great Gatsby tells the tale of Jay Gatsby (an incredibly wealthy but yet a complete mystery of a man) and of his undying love for Daisy Buchanan. During extravagant parties in which what can only be described as organized mayhem takes place, the reader is witness to the immoral actions of what is considered the upper tier of society. It is through the eyes of Nick Carraway that the reader is exposed to the frivolities that take place on Long Island during summer of 1922. In the first chapter of the novel Nick is presented as an observant, unbiased and non-judgemental person, but at the same time as someone who has a distinct connection to all of the characters involved. It is because of the unusual situation where Nick is involved directly with the characters in the story but yet refrains from making any judgements on these people that the reader entrusts Nick with the narration of the story. .
             Near the beginning of the novel Nick appeals himself to the reader by explaining that his strong sense of morality was instilled very early on in life by his father. "Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages you've had" (p.1), was the advice that he received, and its this advice that set the foundation for Nick's strong moral character. It is this advice that Nick bases his outlook on life upon. He realises that people are not the same and that one must not cast a label upon someone else simply because of the way they act or look. Nick states in chapter one that he is "inclined to reserve judgement" (p.1) and that he posses tolerance to others even when subjected to their unwanted ramblings and secrets.


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