The Great Gatsby

Nick starts the novel by relaying his father's advice "whenever you feel like critizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world havent had the advantages that you've had." Does he reserve judgment in the novel?

The Great Gatsby chapter 1

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Fitzgerald establishes Nick Carraway as an impartial narrator; he is not, however, a passive one. Although he is inclined to reserve judgment, he is not entirely forgiving. From the novel's opening paragraph onward, this will continue create tension in Nick's narrative. Despite the fact that Gatsby represents all that Nick holds in contempt, Nick cannot help but admire him. The first paragraphs of the book foreshadow the novel's main themes: the reader realizes that Gatsby presented, and still presents, a challenge to the way in which Nick is accustomed to thinking about the world. It is clear from the story's opening moments that Gatsby will not be what he initially appears: despite the vulgarity of his mansion, Nick describes Gatsby's personality as "gorgeous.Over the course of the novel, Nick has cause to change his opinions, as he begins to see people the way they really are. His relationship with Jordan, his accidental meeting with Tom in New York..... all of these things point to a man who has weighed his friends and found them lacking.