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What purpose did the first four paragraphs of 'The Great Gatsby' serve?

What purpose did the first four paragraphs of 'The Great Gatsby' serve?

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Asked by Chance, Last updated: Jan 15, 2021

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Danny R. Glover

Danny R. Glover

Danny R. Glover
Danny R. Glover, Editor, New York City

Answered Aug 23, 2018

The first few paragraphs of The Great Gatsby are intro paragraphs. They are dedicated to introducing the whole story. Most importantly, in these paragraphs, Fitzgerald tells us that nick is a reliable narrator. He also gives us the details about Nick. Info about his family and his background in general is shown in the paragraphs.

This s important intro to nicks life and his relation with the story as he will be doing most of the narration. The story moves on after that but without these intro paragraphs we would have been unable to develop a link between nick and the story, which is crucial.

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John Smith

John Smith

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Answered May 11, 2017

Fitzgerald establishes Nick as a reliable narrator. We re given background information about Nick s life and his family.
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