Write About the Ways Fitzgerald Tells the Story in Chapter 7 of "The Great Gatsby"

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Write about the ways Fitzgerald tells the story in chapter 7 (Page 132 onwards)

Chapter 7 mirrors chapter 1 in setting and structure, of the travelling to New York and the necessity to pass through ‘The Valley of the Ashes’ symbolic of the mythological River Styx and “The Waste Land” by T.S. Elliot. Also, the many separated sections in chapter 7 are reminiscent of the structure of chapter 1, used as a key way for Fitzgerald to effectively and emotively convey the story, by framing the two chapters together. The tragic events in chapter 7; the climactic revelation of Daisy and Gatsby’s affair and Myrtle’s death; come to light. The theme of mistaken identity is crucial in chapter 7, from the first half of the chapter where the prolonged
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Fitzgerald’s inclusion of the wedding march adds to the sensuous introduction to this scene; the taste of the Mint Julep, the touch sensation of the heat and sweat, the “tentous chords of Mendelssohn’s Wedding March” all increase the sense of oppression in this scene; too much heat, sensuous overload and rising friction between the characters.
As well as this oppressive sensuous effect, the wedding march tune also indicates towards the mention of Daisy’s wedding and her hazy recollection of it; “’I was married in the middle of June’ Daisy remembered, ‘Louisville in June!’ Somebody fainted. Who was it fainted, Tom?’”. The manner in which Daisy speaks of her wedding is detached and seemingly a memory she is not incredibly fond of, since she instantly recalls the negative of somebody fainting; selfishly relating to her present situation of overbearing heat. The discussion following; about, “A man named Biloxi. ‘Blocks’ Biloxi” is used as a tool for Tom to begin his berating insults against Gatsby. Since the factual history of Biloxi is uncertain, Tom implies that Gatsby is a fraud in relation to his Oxford experience; “You must have gone there about the time Biloxi went to New Haven.” This implication made by Tom is amounting to the structural climactic tragic outcome since Fitzgerald cleverly includes intermittent pauses between Tom’s…