Who is Nick Carraway?

Nick Carraway is presented to readers of  ‘The Great Gatsby’ as an unflawed character. However, from the first page we instill a whole lot of trust into our storyteller. We instantly trust everything Nick says and querying his opinion is something that rarely comes across the reader’s mind, but when we relise our narrator is flawed the whole perpective of the book changes. One of the less noticeable traits of Nick Carraway is that he is in fact very snobbish.  Despite his claim that he ‘reserves judgment’ as the reader gets to know his character we can see that Nick, in fact, displays snobbery throughout the novel.  In the first chapter when Carraway is introducing Daisy and Tom Buchanan he describes Tom to be a manly-man, ‘His speaking voice, a gruff husky tenor, added to the impression of fractiousness he conveyed’ (10), we can see that just after claiming his reservation of judgment, that Caraway passes judgment on Tom. Nick mocks Tom by describing him to be conveying ‘impression of fractiousness’, to be fractious, a characteristic associated petulant children, means to be inclined to make trouble or be unruly.  This judgment of Nick’s is not displayed through his thoughts but rather the words he uses to describe Tom, this shows snobbery because of the way he looks down upon Tom, despite their difference in social class, Nick shows that he feels Tom is not as mature as himself, or at a different level of intelligence to describe him to be a child. Another reference to Nick Carraway’s snobbish tendencies is when he refers to Yale University as ‘New Haven’ (8). This demonstrates that Carraway takes a liking to displaying himself as very prestige, to the point where he doesn’t call Yale by it’s real name but rather by this elitist name ‘New Haven’.

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