Essay on The Great Gatsby

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     F. Scott Fitzgerald’s use of flashback in The Great Gatsby proves to be an effective tool in order to reveal information from the characters’ past. These flashbacks are effective because they allow the reader to know and understand the character better before a situation in the novel arises. Three examples of flashbacks that Fitzgerald uses are when Jordan explains to Nick how and when she first met Gatsby on page 79, when
Nick explains to the reader how Gatsby got his name and what his childhood was like on page 104, and when Nick explains again to the reader what happened when Gatsby returned from the war on page 160. The placement and effectiveness of these flashbacks allow Fitzgerald to give more
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Here, Nick explains to the reader how “James Gatsby” got his name Jay Gatsby. He chose the name
Jay because James sounded to plain and it would not impress someone of Daisy’s status.
It also explains Gatsby’s childhood. This is an effective flashback because it gives the reader an insight to how Gatsby made his money and his relationship with Dan Cody, the man who gave him his start. Fitzgerald places this flashback in an appropriate spot because it is important that the reader know how Gatsby made his money before the story gets too involved otherwise the reader would not be able to understand why Gatsby made his money in the first place. Otherwise, the reader is too wrapped up in other plots that are forming. The second example that Fitzgerald provides proves to very effective.
     The third and final example that Fitzgerald provides is on page 160. In this flashback, Nick explains to the reader what Gatsby does when he finally returns home from the war. This flashbacks causes the reader to realize that Gatsby is obsessed with
Daisy. Gatsby goes to Louisville with “the last of his military pay” just to reminisce the days he and Daisy spent together. The placement was important because the reader can now appreciate the action that is to come after the climax of the story. The third flashback that Fitzgerald incorporates is and effective one that allows us to understand

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