Chapter 1 Analysis of The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald Essay

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Chapter 1 Analysis of The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby- this title is merely an adjective or epithet for the main character of the story, which brings about the importance of characterization in the book. Fitzgerald has a rather unique style of characterization in his writing- especially in this book. His use of irony, strong diction and symbolism plays a significant role in conveying his certain ideologies about the people of this certain era, and the embodiment of the "great American dream". The eye of the story- Fitzgerald's weapon of observation is Nick Carraway. This character is established as a neutral narrator of the whole story and its characters, who are obsessed with…show more content…
He can be quite rational about Gatsby and makes him quite attractive. He peculiarly gives the impression that he dislikes Gatsby, "who represented everything for which he has an unaffected scorn." He then modulates it in his next lines, where he gives a somewhat two-sided opinion of Gatsby. This illustrates a dichotomy or duality- a split. In terms of Gatsby, the important dichotomy is between the public and private persona. Accordingly, the duality of J Gatsby is revealed through the centrality of Carraway. "If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him." Carraway negatively continues, but towards the end of this quote, there is a sort of irony in the word "gorgeous". This word as a very strong effect as it has a powerful and emotive vibe or meaning to it, which brings about the idea of contradiction to what Carraway is describing. Hence his opinion is slightly two-sided. We get the impression that Gatsby is somewhat pretentious and superficial. Carraway oscillates in his descriptions of Gatsby. Fitzgerald uses this technique for the implication that he is not much more than attractive physical presence at this stage. Carraway starts of by having an "unaffected scorn" for him, and then begins to say that he is, or was unique. The ideal of a "creative temperament " was used to

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