Literary Devices in F. Scott Fitzgerald´s The Great Gatsby

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Throughout the great American classic, “The Great Gatsby”, there are many instances of literary devices. In all of its context, it is easy to see that Fitzgerald uses a certain kind of literary terms and themes throughout all his writings. In the Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses devices such as foreshadowing, imagery, and suspenseful moments to capture the attention of his readers. In the beginning chapters of this book, Fitzgerald uses many metaphors to describe a resemblance. When Nick is describing Daisy at the beginning he says, “I had no sight into Daisy’s heart.” (pg.6) This metaphor could be used by Fitzgerald to hint to the reader that no one really know what or who Daisy really cared about or who she loved. This example also foreshadows the reader into thinking that something will come up later in the story in regard to Daisy’s feelings in her heart. Another device that you will find many times in this book is a hyperbole. Going back to when Nick is describing the other characters, he states, “The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic-their retinas are one yard high.” (pg.26) This example is obviously not realistic, making it a hyperbole or a figure of speech. The reason to why Fitzgerald could have used this literary device could possibly be to entertain a crowd of readers who enjoy reading things that sound out of the ordinary. Also he could have used this to give the reader a better description of what his eyes looked like. The
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