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An Analysis of the Narrator and the Narrative Techniques Used In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ [69%, 2004]

An image of the feedback sheet critiquing Chris Larham's essay analysing the narrator and the narrative techniques used in F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby' [69%, 2004].

In this essay I aim to demonstrate that F. Scott Fitzgerald uses Nick Carraway- the first-person narrator in his novel- and a variety of narrative techniques to put forward a plethora of social comments to a literate audience. Through close analysis of Carraway and his narration of the events that unfolded before him, it should become clear that Fitzgerald used the novel to articulate his firm ideas about American society in the 1920s – beliefs that include a critique of notions such as: materialism; class distinctions; the revolutionizing of the old guard’s methods; American society excess; and, most importantly, the concept of the various ways in which ‘reality’ is produced.

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