Rhetorical Analysis Of F. Scott Fitzgerald 's ' The Great Gatsby '

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The rhetorical devices used in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, portrays the flaws in Jay Gatsby’s ability to attain an American Dream that, ultimately, kills him. This reveals the reality that many Americans experience while attempting to attain their dreams due to the hardships they encounter. Fitzgerald conveys these difficulties through Nick’s final reflection of Gatsby’s American Dream. He recurringly uses color symbolism to amplify the central message: living in the past results in fatal failure. Fitzgerald communicates that Gatsby’s American Dream was incoherent, as one cannot recreate the past. His strategic usage of alliteration, metaphors, oxymoronic diction, and symbolic parallelism of the historical past, reveal the principal concept that Gatsby’s American Dream was centralized on a course of obstacles he had to surmount in retrospect to Daisy.
Fitzgerald utilizes alliteration and metaphors to portray the conflicts Gatsby encounters while attempting to relive the past with Daisy to achieve his corrupt American Dream. After reflecting upon Gatsby’s American Dream, Nick comes to the realization that Gatsby’s determination to dwell upon his past resulted in his failure, thus emphasizing that he “beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past”(Fitzgerald 180). Alliteration of the letter “b” in the diction “beat”, “boats”, “borne”, and “back” all emphasize Gatsby’s numerous attempts to commemorate the past in hopes to…

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