The Great Gatsby

HELP Chapter 1 questions

-What do you know about Nick in the first two pages of the novel? -How do his attitudes color the story he is about to tell? -How might Chapter 1 be narrated, in the third person, from Daisy’s “sophisticated” point of view?

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Nick is a young man from Minnesota who, after being educated at Yale moves to the suburbs of New York. Nick comes from an upper middle-class background (you had to have money to go to Yale, you still do!) .Nick is able to travel to New York and not immediately have to worry about money where as most people struggled to simply make ends meet. Nick's father tells him that if he holds men according to his own moral standards, he will misunderstand them. Although Nick comes from a privileged background, he proves to be a reliable narrator. He sees the filthy rich as well as the working class, more or less, objectively. Daisy's "sophisticated" point of view would skew things. Daisy would not be a reliable narrator because she is very much a part of the filthy rich psychology of East Egg. She is self-absorbed and unable to see anything beyond her superficial experience.