The Great Gatsby - Stylistic Devices

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Chapter One

In Chapter One, F. Scott Fitzgerald mainly uses detail to introduce the setting and

characters. For example, when introducing the main setting of the book, he describes his house as

squeezed between two huge places that rented for twelve or fifteen thousand a season. (9). One

of these houses was Gatsby's. This detail gives the reader an idea of what kind of town this was,

and what kind of people lived in it. Fitzgerald also uses detail to introduce characters. When

introducing Daisy, one of the main characters, he says that she had bright eyes and a bright

passionate mouth with an excitement in her voice that men who cared for her found difficult to

forget... (14). These details show that Daisy is
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He says that until much later, they absorbed me infinitely less than my personal affairs. (60). This retrospective narration also shows foreshadowing for the future, when Nick says until much later... .

Chapter Four The dominant stylistic device in chapter four is organization. In the first few pages, Fitzgerald uses classification to describe all the different types of people who come to Gatsby's party's. For example, from the East Egg come the Chester Beckers and the Leeches and a man named Bunsen whom I knew at Yale... (65). From the West Egg come the Poles and the Mulreadys and Cecil Roebuck... (66). A man named Klipspringer who was there for so often and long he became known as "the boarder"(67). These lists go on even much further, breaking up the different kinds of people that go to Gatsby's party's. These lists also show that Gatsby invited so many people to his party's, that he probably did not know many of them. He also uses tone to show his feelings towards Gatsby after he gets to know him more after lunch. Nick is disappointed after he speaks more with Gatsby and he says he was "sorry [he] ever set foot upon his overpopulated lawn"(72). He then develops a tone of being content towards the end of the chapter saying he is happy with who he is because he knows he is honest unlike Tom and Gatsby.
Chapter Five
In Chapter five, Fitzgerald uses a lot of diction to show Gatsby's and Daisy's relationship. For example, when

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