The Great Gatsby Point Of View Essay

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When it comes to American Literature, knowing the narrator’s point of view can give readers an improved, more in-depth understanding of whom and what the story is about. Whether the narrative point of view is in 1st, 2nd or 3rd person, every author uses their own methods of focalization, stream of consciousness as well as multi-nodal narration differently and in their own unique way, this allows the reader Different authors use different narrative techniques; let’s take Henry James, Daisy Miller: A Study, for example. Upon reading the story, it is easy to recognize that the story is told from third person narrative although focalized through Daisy Miller. The narrator is both detached, omniscient and doesn’t seem to be personally involved. It seems as though the narrator takes amusement as the story is being told. Consider this quote: “I hardly know whether it was the analogies or…show more content…
Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, unlike Henry James’s, Daisy Miller: A Study, the reader can easily comprehend that this story is being told through first person narrator but focalized through the main character Nick Carroway. However, since the story is not just about Nick Carroway, it makes him what is known as a peripheral narrator, a peripheral narrator is a person speaking about him/herself or sharing events that he/she have experienced where the story is being narrated by one character at a time. Having this type of narration impacts the perspective of the plots and characters throughout the story. Carroway informs the reader at the very start of the first chapter that “I’m inclined to reserve all judgments, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran bores.” (pg.4) this quote assists the reader in knowing that by “reserving judgment” Nick’s character and narrative technique in The Great Gatsby is almost that of an “invisible” narrator, so to speak, which is similar to third-person

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