Analysis Of The Book ' The Great Gatsby '

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Mia Mooko AP Lang. Summer Assignment 30 July 2016 The Great Gatsby Section One: 1. By the third paragraph of the third chapter, verb tense changes. What is the effect of this change, or what do you think it 's purpose is? When describing Gatsby 's parties, Fitzgerald switches from past to present tense not only to make the reader feel as if they are engulfed in the festivities, but to also emphasize the repetitiveness and predictability of his parties. By using present tense, the reader can experience the party as "the lights grow brighter", "the bar is in full swing", and "the air is alive with chatter" (40). And as it continues the reader can 't help to feel like they are seeing each detail in real time as they navigate the party. Furthermore, since present tense is often used to indicate something habitual, it is used to express how all of Gatsby 's parties are identical. From the orchestra that arrives at seven o 'clock with its "whole pitful of oboes and trombones…", to the "halls and salons and verandas… gaudy with primary colors" (40). One can always expect a certain repetitiveness from his lavish parties. 3. Discuss the difference between Tom 's reaction and Wilson 's reaction to their wives ' infidelity. When confronted with the information of their wives ' affairs, Tom was motivated to do anything to get Daisy back, while Wilson unraveled into a state of paranoia and irrationality. Once he found out about Daisy 's infidelity, the process of winning

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