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The Writing Style of F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Autumn Fontenot

on 16 December 2013

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The Writing Style of F. Scott Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald utilizes many writing techniques to draw the reader in and create his own unique style.
He uses diction, similes, syntax, and rhetorical strategies to convey his message and understanding of his novels' qualities.
Diction is boldy used in Fitzgerald's novels and short stories. He uses his diction to describe many places and characters in his novel.
Summary of Writing Style
Fitzgerald puts a lot of his own life into his fiction, and many stories can be red for their allegorical qualities.
Alcoholism, mental illness, and marital issues factor into nearly every one of his novels, and they contrast his own glamorous public image.
Inspiration of Style
Fitzgerald's writing style was inspired largely by Joseph Conrad and fellow American authors like Sherwood Anderson.
F. Scott Fitzgerald is known as one of the most brilliant writers of his time.
The most obvious feature that he is known for is his wonderful writing style. Though Fitzgerald did take a few techniques from his idol authors, he created his own strategies that captured a deep and meaningful message.
Gatsby's Parties
Gatsby's House
Fitzgerald uses many similes
This Side of Paradise
add deeper imagery. He utilizes similes to emphasize
certain descriptions that are important to understand his unique style.
This Side of Paradise
Amory Has Too Much to Drink
Amory's Two Main Loves
Fitzgerald uses his long sentences
with conjunctions to intricately
describe the busyness of Gatsby's
house parties.
Also, in This Side of Paradise, Fitzgerald
demonstrates his unique voice and style
and even includes poetry and theater
within the work.
Rhetorical Strategies
Through the novel, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald employs his ornate writing style in his demonstration of many different rhetorical strategies to successfully describe his characters and setting.
His particular style is ultimately implied when he is describing Nick Carraway's presence among Tom and Myrtle when they are at a party
" I was within without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life".
Fitzgerald employs a sense of being enthralled yet disgusted by people Carraway comes into contact with. He creates the sense of curiosity he obtains when coming in contact with the attendees of the party.
The author displays his style when illustrating the moment when Gatsby kisses Daisy, his true love:
"At his lips touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete".
With the simile of comparing Daisy to a blossoming flower, the reader can completely understand the deep feelings of love being shared between Gatsby and his beloved.
Also, the description of Daisy being a flower reveals her sweet and harmless character relating to the source of her name.

Fitzgerald uses his often unusual and elaborate description to help the reader picture and imagine what is going on in his novels.
In order to fully understand his style, it is important to analyze his use of descriptive language and similes in his three books, as well as a stylistic element unique to each book
The Valley of Ashes
Nick describes the sullen place as
"desolate", "grotesque", and sarcastically,
"on fire"
"[making] elongating glints"
"the groups change more
swiftly, swell with new arrivals,
dissolve and form in the same
"alive like heat
waves over asphalt,
like wriggling
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