The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Literary devices are the tools and techniques of language that authors use to convey meaning. Skilled use of literary devices brings richness and clarity to a text. Literary devices are prominent in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s writing of The Great Gatsby. To begun, he makes use of many allusions to Arthurian legends, the philosopher Plato, Trimalchio, and Christ. Furthermore, to better understand the characters, he utilizes symbolism. In conclusion, throughout The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald incorporates subtle, yet flawless use of literary devices to aid in the development of characters and theme.

First and foremost, F. Scott Fitzgerald utilizes the literary device of allusion. An allusion is an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly, or making a reference to something else. Fitzgerald alludes Daisy to the Arthurian legend of the holy grail. The holy grail was the epitome of success, wealth, and happiness. If you had it in your possession, you were considered a very successful and wealthy person. In the novel, Gatsby perceives Daisy as the holy grail, “...but now he found that he had committed himself to the following of a grail.” (Fitzgerald 149). Gatsby is the knight in shining armour and Daisy is the treasure, the holy grail. Gatsby believes the grail is pure and worthy, like Daisy. The unattainable grail’s worth is founded upon its name and worth. Jay becomes so engrossed in obtaining Daisy, similar to the knights…
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