Nick as Narrator

Nick Carraway as Narrator
One may easily tell the truth from a lie by observing the liar's eyes and voice. However, it could be harder for readers to judge characters' honesty in a book. An honest and reliable narrator is the most important factor in an interesting story. He or she is the essential key to ease the process of better understanding each character for readers in a book. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nick Carraway, as a narrator, is honest and reliable altogether because he reserves all the judgments from characters in general, he presents whole conversations and leaves them to readers to digest, and these good qualities of Nick can be described by comparing him to others' dishonesty in the book.
First of all, reserving all the judgments from characters can be considered as an honest narrator. Specifically, Nick was raised on good moral values, which helps him to be a decent person afterwards. It can be proved in the book where Nick's father told him: "Whenever you feel like criticizing someone, just remember that all the people in this world haven't had all of the advantages you've had" (Fitzgerald 1). By following this rule, Nick is inclined to narrate the plots in an honest way in order to let the reader to judge each character. This advice, which he has been turning over in his head ever since illustrates that he is reliable for the fact he does not judge people without knowing their inner qualities. If Nick gave out first impressions of each character, people would not trust Nick because giving out first impressions can obviously lead to negative perspectives to readers and are never reliable. For instance, he only narrates the fact that Tom Buchanan is cheating on Daisy rather than judges how immoral Tom is. It can also be proved by him using Jordan's perspective of being a bridesmaid at Daisy's wedding. It gives a slightly deeper and different view not only into the relation that Gatsby and Daisy's past relationship but also what kind of person Daisy is. Compared with telling all the "truth" from his perspective, he keeps all the judgments that may mislead readers, which makes him an honest narrator.
Next, in an honest and reliable manner, Nick Carraway gives the reader whole conversations between characters. As a narrator, Nick is more like a bystander who vividly details the plot and conversations. For instance, he documents all the rumors about Gatsby's past. Jordan's friend Lucille said, "Somebody told me that thought he killed a man once." (Fitzgerald 44) Lucille followed that statement with, "It's more that he was a German spy during the war." (Fitzgerald 44) Moreover, Nick' reliability can be shown by him bringing readers to the scene where Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchanan fight for Daisy in the Plaza Hotel, and how Daisy's response releases how selfish and careless she is. His depictions of these people are honest because he reserves all the judgments and describes characters' true colors, like Daisy's selfishness and carelessness killed Myrtle and also indirectly killed Gatsby. He does use his honest mindset to genuinely document each scene happening in the book in order to treat readers rather than affects their judgments.
Finally, compared to the other characters' dishonesty in the book, Nick is reliable and honest. In fact, Nick has high morality and decency while others do not. For example, "I was one of few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited–they went there" (Fitzgerald 43). The majority of the guests came to Gatsby’s party without an invitation. Despite the fact that Gatsby wants his parties to be elaborate and well-attended, it shows that those people who came uninvited have no regard to social decencies and outright politeness. On the contrary, the more dishonest of those guests is, the more reliable the narrator can be contrasted. Moreover, Nick says: "I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known." (Fitzgerald 60) It is surely the truth. There are several more significant liars throughout the book. For instance, his friend, Tom Buchanan, has an affair with George Wilson's wife– Myrtle. Jay Gatsby gets his wealth in an illegal alcohol business. Daisy Buchanan also cheats on her husband with Gatsby. Even