The Great Gatsby

chapter 2 question

what more have you learned about nick in this chapter? is he similar or different than the people he spends his time with?

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Nick Caraway is made the narrator he is a reliable one he tells us that he reserves all his judgments: therefore the reader is lead to believe what he is saying is coming from a 3rd person objective point of view. We can see life in East Egg through him. Nick does not have the indulgent decadence of excess that seems to define many of the characters in East Egg. Nick observes situations without giving judgment. This allows the reader to trust Nick as a narrator and finally a character in the novel. Nick's history seems to be upper middle class and quite "normal" as opposed to the vapid elite of East Egg. Nick is a pretty credible character. He doesn't have any eccentricities and seems grounded. He was educated at the Ivy School Yale and fought in WW1. Nick isn't a character who needs anything. He seems to have enough money to settle down in West Egg. He has come to New York for work and to learn the bond business; he doesn't seem to be in a hurry to get starte.