Figurative Language In The Great Gatsby

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The Trope of a Dream Figurative language is a way of conveying ideas in a non-literal way. It promotes thinking outside of a dictionary and paints an enhanced picture of an author’s story. Fitzgerald uses figurative language throughout The Great Gatsby to develop themes and highlight important aspects of the characters, their thoughts, and their motives. This book displays an extensive amount of metaphors, similes, and personifications to help the reader obtain a deeper understanding of the book, rather than the literal meaning. A page of The Great Gatsby cannot be read without a form of figurative language hidden within the text. The literary devices used in the passage on page 78 of this novel significantly contributes to the overall message, giving readers a better visual of Nick’s growing image of Jay Gatsby and how his conversation with Jordan Baker changed greatly. The imagery specifically adds to the setting and surroundings of the passage; therefore, this gives an idea of what the mood of the conversation should be. “…the clear voices of little girls, already gathered like crickets on the grass, rose through the hot twilight…” (Fitzgerald 78). An image is given of young girls playing at dusk and enjoying the simplicity of their youth. The reader is also presented with a somewhat longing from Nick, of missing the simpler days. Fitzgerald provides the reader with vivid visuals that have deeper meanings. Within the previously mentioned passage, the metaphor of
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