The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Mandi Meins
Mrs. Powell
Block 4
September 21, 2014
The Great Gatsby Literary Analysis The Great Gatsby includes many forms of important literary elements. The element that stands out the most is conflict. Throughout The Great Gatsby many conflicts arise and the main character deals with some very interesting situations. The author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, does a tremendous job of allowing those conflicts to sneak up on the reader. In The Great Gatsby, the amount of conflict surely increases towards the end, and both internal and external conflict are being shown throughout the book. Nick Carraway, the main character, is very calm and collected, although he is going through many conflicts in the story, The Great Gatsby. Already somewhat shy, Nick is moving to New York to learn and take part in the bond business (Fitzgerald 3). As Nick’s character is unfolding during the beginning of the novel, Nick is describing a visit with his cousin Daisy and her husband Tom. Fitzgerald describes the character Tom, “Not even the effeminate swank of his riding clothes could hide the enormous power of that body…” (7). As Nick is continuing to go on about Tom, the reader can see that he is acting in a possibly intimidated manner. This is showing his internal conflict with self image. Fitzgerald continues on about Tom and includes some dialogue from Tom to Nick, “‘...just because I’m stronger and more of a man than you are.’”(7). This is feeding into Nick’s internal conflict of self image and
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