How Does Fitzgerald Tell the Story in Chapter 1? Essay

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How does Fitzgerald tell the story in chapter 1?

Chapter 1 is used by Fitzgerald to create the world in which you are about to read into, by characterising the characters within the book almost straight away through the first person narration by Nick Caraway.
For example “her face was sad and lovely with bright things in it, bright eyes and a bright passionate mouth.” Here Daisy Buchanan is characterised to seem romantic, “lovely…bright passionate mouth.” Through this, and various other chapters in the novel, we can see how she portrays the theme of romanticism in the novel, however this will directly contrast with how she is materialistic and seems to be more in love with possessions and money rather her husband, and so she is more
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He describes the sighting with “I could have sworn he was trembling… distinguished nothing except a single green light.” The use of the word “trembling” characterises an innocent, vulnerable, lonely side to Gatsby. This is reflected early on in the novel on how he lives in his “mansion” with no real company, apart from when he fills it with guests, who actually have no idea of who the “real” Gatsby is.
The motif of the “green light” is symbolic when discussing Gatsby’s hopes and dreams for the future in the novel. With the fall out of the American dream being a central theme within the novel, the reader can use this to predict that Gatsby’s dreams with be distinguished. Also the fact that there is “nothing except a single green light” implies that even in the darkness, Gatsby is still holding on to his ideal dream of being with Daisy. This characterises Gatsby’s character immediately as he is portrayed to be waiting for Daisy, which shows his optimistic personality.
“Ashe-grey men… grey cars… ash-grey men…” This description by Nick of the “valley of ashes” creates a tedious setting due to the repetition of “grey” which suggests that is a very dark place. Furthermore, “grey” is a mundane colour that implies that everyone in the “valley of ashes” are the same and that nothing makes them unique or an individual. The repetition of “ash-grey men” associates them from where they come from. This could convey to the reader that

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