Nick Carraway as an Unreliable Narrator - EBSCOhost
Describes author Nick Carraway as a narrator
The idealist, the romantic who believed in possibility and perfectibility and the pragmatist, the realist convinced that life is circumscribed, nasty, brutish, and short: these opposing tendencies are both allowed their full play, the drama of the narration the tension between them. "The tst of a first-rate intelligence," Fitzgerald was later to say in his autobiographical essay "The Crack-Up" ( (1945)) "is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function." That is precisely what he does in thanks to the use o Nick Carraway as a narrator: by his own stringent standards, the book is the product, not only of a refined sensibility and a strenuous act of imaginative sympathy, but also of "a first-rate intelligence."