Examples Of Figurative Language In The Great Gatsby

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Gatsby 's’ Era

According to F. Scott Fitzgerald himself from the novel, “The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and beauty in the world”(68). Reading The Great Gatsby is like seeing the Queensboro Bridge, once a reader starts the novel it is taking a step into the roaring 20’s nothing can compare. The reader feels the excitement from the novel that people had for the American dream in the 1920’s. Reading a novel that can send them back to the past is basically seeing the wild promises that people felt in the 20’s the rich and the poor, they will be able to understand the setting and the era of the book. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is an
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Figurative language is the use of words in a non-literal sense. One example of figurative language is simile; a simile is a comparison of two unlike things using like or as to give an added meaning to one of them. The next quote has one form of simile. “In his blue gardens, men and women came and went like moths among the whispering and the champagne and the stars” (39). In this simile Fitzgerald uses like to compare the men and women to the moths that float through the garden at night at Gatsby’s party. Everyone was hush hush in the garden it was the place to get away too, then the champagne represents that they were all drinking in the night lost in a place under the stars. Another form of figurative language is personification. Personification is giving human characteristics to nonhuman things. Fitzgerald uses personification when he describes Gatsby’s parties. “Until the air is alive with chatter and laughter” (40). In this example of personification it makes the air come alive giving the air the human characteristics ,such as chatter and laughter. This example makes the party seem warm and happy that no matter what everyones having a good time. As a consequence, to the great personification that is seen throughout the novel the readers can see the human qualities of the nights at Gatsby’s parties. Ultimately, Fitzgerald’s use of figurative language adds to value and distinctness of his detail to the

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