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Who Is The Central Character Of The Great Gatsby, Nick Or Gatsby ? Why ?

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In the story the Great Gatsby , written by F. Scott Fitzgerald , we have actually two main or central characters- Nick and Gatsby. But which one is he more important one?Nick is a young and attractive person, who comes from a middle class business family. He is educated and intelligent . He is the person , who tells the story, so his characteristics are observing and listening. That's one reason , why he is an outsider, because he is reserved and quiet.Then we have Gatsby, he is also young and attractive, but the difference is that he is not well educated and acts in response to a liar. In fact, he is ...view middle of the document...

He is the storyteller, he reflects his experiences , he had made at the East coast. The reader has to rely on him to get into the story and understand the different situations. Nick is the first person, the reader gets in contact with. He is observing and listening closely what happens around him. Through this behaviour we get a good image of how it must have looked like in a certain situation. Nick is the central character as a narrator, but not in the book.On the other hand we have Gatsby. The name of the book is the Great Gatsby, so the reader would automatically assume that he is the central figure, in one way it's true, Gatsby is the central figure , because the novel deals with Gatsby's love to Daisy and his attempts to get back with her. But one the other side, the reader gets to know Gatsby pretty late in the book, and he doesn't not appear in every chapter.Nick is the narrator, he is reliable and honest. The reader is connected to him from the beginning on to the end of the book. And Nick is the one that is still alive at the end of the story. Gatsby is the main and more active character. The story's title is based on his name , so the reader directly set Gatsby as the main character. The story is about him, and Nick lives with him and discovers Gatsby and his past. Through the fact that Nick is so quiet and reserved , the reader can't really get the idea that he is the main character.

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