Does it ever seem like Nick is a boring character? He doesn’t really talk all that much. And the times he does, he never says much. Whenever asked a question, he responds with a short, curt answer. It is quite clear that Nick does much more narrating than he does communicating with the characters in the book. Nick is also perfect to narrate The Great Gatsby because of his personality. As he tells the reader in Chapter I, he is tolerant, open-minded, quiet, and a good listener, and, as a result, others tend to talk to him and tell him their feelings. Nick’s narrating brings shape to the novel The Great Gatsby. Often times Nick seems to be the voice of reason. He is also an aid to the reader. These facts make Nick’s job as a narrator far more important than his role as a character.
A prime example of this is not found in his quotes, but the lack there of. As far as communication with other characters, there really is none. Nick is the kind of guy that doesn’t speak unless spoken to. For the most part, Nick remains quiet during conversations. He does not ever throw his two cents in. The only time that is seen, is during his narration. Nick does a very good job of analyzing characters and bringing more color to their stories.
Nick’s analyzation of the characters in The Great Gatsby is a great aid to the reader. By seeing deeper into the characters than most would bother to try, Nick proves time and time again his importance as a narrator. Nick is the only person in the book who is seeing the real world. He is the only character who understands, that Daisy and Tom as well as Gatsby live for money and their American Dream and do not care about others. Nick try’s to show that the urban people only care about showing their wealth off.