Essay on The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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In the excerpt from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author uses many different literary devices to reveal to the narrator the character of Gatsby and the effects that Gatsby’s characteristics have on the narrator Nick. The author uses tone, point of view, imagery, and diction to allow the reader to learn more about the mysterious Gatsby but also show the effect that Gatsby has on people through Nick’s eyes as the narrator. Through the use of tone and choice of detail the author shows how Gatsby can be unreliable as the ways he phrases his statements make them seem like lies. For example in the excerpt Nick says “He hurried the phrase ‘educated at Oxford’ or swallowed it or choked on it, as though it bothered him before.” The way Gatsby stated this revealed to Nick that he was lying. This causes Nick to question the authenticity of what Gatsby is telling him, and brings about doubt in both Nick and the reader. In the excerpt Gatsby also says “I am the son of some wealthy people in the Middle West.” Nick proceeds to ask Gatsby “What part of the Middle West?” to which Gatsby replied “San Francisco.” This detail also reveals to Nick that Gatsby is also lying about this because San Francisco is nowhere near the Midwest. This furthers Nick’s suspicions of what Gatsby was telling him. F. Scott Fitzgerald also uses imagery to reveal Gatsby’s questionable statements, and how Gatsby’s characteristics have effected Nick. In the excerpt Nick states that “He looked at…

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