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Nick Carraway, the narrator of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, assigns certain types of images and descriptive words to Tom, Daisy and Jordan and continues to elaborate on these illustration throughout the first chapter. Nick uses contrasting approaches to arrive at these character sketches; Tom is described by his physical attributes, Daisy through her mannerisms and speech, and Jordan is a character primarily defined by the gossip of her fellow personages. Each approach, …

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…with her detached and condescending manner. Fitzgerald, through the eyes of Nick Carraway, uses three main methods to develop his characters. However, Fitzgerald utilizes words to stimulate four of our five senses. The reader is able to really recognize the people in this novel and this is due to Fitzgerald’s ability to describe Tom in his pure physical state, depict Daisy using her mannerisms and speech and to sketch Jordan through rumor and speculation.