Gatsby Figurative Language Analysis

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The figurative language in Owl City’s “If My Heart Was a House” portrays Gatsby’s idea of Daisy and his view of their relationship. In the first verse, Gatsby reminisces on the past. The lyrics in lines 1 and 2 show that Gatsby is thinking of when he first fell in love with Daisy and that being with her now brings all of those intense feelings back. When he says the words in lines 7 and 8, he is convincing himself that Daisy also has the same feelings for him as she did five years before. In the chorus, the lines “Circle me and the needle moves gracefully / Back and forth, if my heart was a compass you’d be North” describe Gatsby’s intense devotion to Daisy; she’s the absolute center of his universe. There is a reason why Gatsby is so invested in Daisy. Gatsby spends much of his life lost in the fantasy world he has created in his head, but when he first met Daisy, he finally had something to attach his dreams to. Being with her allowed him to live in the present moment instead of inside his imagination: “He...forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath… his mind would never romp again like the mind of God” (110). She quickly became the physical embodiment of everything he had fantasized about, and so losing her was like losing the one thing that grounded him to reality. This is why the final line of the song fully displays that for Gatsby, being reunited with her feels like finally coming home. Imogen Heap’s song “Aha!” creates an atmosphere that

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