The Most Valuable Character in The Great Gatsby
Nick Carraway has a special place in The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. He is not just one character among several; it is through his eyes and ears that the story takes place. Even though the novel is titled after Gatsby, Nick examines the actions of others and presents the story so that the reader can understand the theme. Throughout the novel, Nick symbolizes a golden thread, used to stitch all of the pieces and characters together to learn about Gatsby. Nick is the only character that changes in the novel from the beginning to the end, making him very unarguably the most important character in The Great Gatsby.
To begin, Nick is the golden thread, in which every important character in the story is directly tied to. For instance, the first time Nick runs into Jay Gatsby at one of his grand parties, he realizes that he and Jay were in the same division during the time they both served in the war. In addition, he finds later that his connection with his cousin Daisy and her husband Tom Buchanan, whom Nick went to Yale with, is extremely important in the grand scheme of things. This is because within the next few days, Gatsby asks Nick to lunch. This is when Nick finds out Gatsby’s elaborate plan, and it is uncovered that he has a deep, affectionate love for Daisy Buchanan whom he knew five years ago, before he went to war. Nick is second handedly asked by Jordan, Daisy’s best friend, to invite Daisy for tea, so Gatsby can spontaneously show up when she is there. Throughout every intricate plan, Nick is always involved in ways he doesn’t even know. He had no clue that he was the one whom would bring everyone together because of small connections.
In addition, Nick is the one who throughout the entire novel has the correct perception and advice to give Gatsby when he is too thoughtless for sane actions or words. For example, Nick states directly to Gatsby that you cannot repeat the past. Gatsby, being irrational and smitten with the thought of he and Daisy finally being able to be together, replies to Nick, “'Can't repeat the past?' he...