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The Great Gatsby First Chapter Essay

Fitzgerald casts Nick Carraway as our narrator and guide throughout the Novel, The Great Gatsby. Immediately we discover that he is from an affluent socio-economic background and makes attempts to prove that he is from “good stock”, boasting about his family being descendant from “The Dukes of Buccleuch” illustrating the American obsession with lineage, and how it was often used to measure whether you possessed the “fundamental decencies” that made you a worthwhile member of 1920’s American society. Contrastingly though, before we find out about his own heritage, Nick himself quotes his father on saying that; “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone – Just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had all the advantages that you’ve had”…