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What loving Gatsby does to the narration of a novel

Author

  • Elna Olofsson

Summary, in English

This essay examines the narration in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby by posting that the novel’s narrator, Nick Carraway, is unreliable and in love with protagonist Jay Gatsby. If love makes one blind, what does this do to the retelling of a story through a lover’s eye? While critics supporting the idea of reading Nick as an unreliable narrator have provided different reasons for his fascination with Gatsby, this essay proposes that reading Nick as a queer character provide a more accurate and complete picture of his role as an unreliable narrator. This essay will also include an alternative view of the theme of the unobtainable ‘American Dream’.

Department/s

Publishing year

2020

Language

English

Document type

Student publication for Bachelor's degree

Topic

  • Languages and Literatures

Supervisor

  • Kiki Lindell