Although Nick is aware that this meeting will not be an easy one, he feels he cannot simply 'trust that obliging and indifferent sea to sweep my refuse away.
' There is undoubtedly a motivation behind his action and, in my opinion, it is a moral one.
' I aim to explain effectively my opinion that Fitzgerald's use of Nick as the narrator of The Great Gatsby is a very successful literary technique.
I shall do this by the analysis of the two contrasting pieces of criticism, as well as of the novel itself.
His reply “…You know what I think of you” is bordering on the confrontational.
Nick didn’t leave it at that but “inquired ‘What did you say to Wilson that afternoon? Nick must feel some sense of injustice when talking to Tom and that is why he confronts him.I do not doubt Nick's honesty anywhere in the novel and therefore, his morality.Nick's own moral code is illustrated, when Nick meets Jordan for the final time.Scrimgeour claims that Nick's actions 'have as their motive no nobler desire…to let sleeping dogs lie.' Therefore implying that Nick is calculatedly lazy and selfishly unconfrontational. Why would Nick have sought confrontation with Tom here if Scrimgeour's view were the case?He has come East to be an Easterner…but his moral roots remain in the West.' The strength of these Western 'moral roots' are shown by their continuing existence after Nick having experienced/subsumed in/surrounded by the immorality of the East.There was one thing to be done before I left, an awkward, unpleasant thing that perhaps had better have been let alone.But I wanted to leave things in order…' Here, Nick does not abstain from but consciously performs performing a morality driven action.Nick must be in a position to tell enough of the story to satisfy the reader.To achieve this, Fitzgerald must create relationships between Nick and those characters from whom he is going to get the most interesting or useful information to aid the development of the plot.