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The Great Gatsby Figurative Language and Symbolism
Transcript of The Great Gatsby Figurative Language and Symbolism
The Great Gatsby:
"...men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars" (44).
This describes the way in which people gathered at Gatsby's party.
"The bar is in full swing and floating rounds of cocktails permeate the garden outside" (44).
This metaphor describes alcohol as being so prevalent at the party it is practically hanging in the air.
"The moon had risen higher, and floating in the Sound was a triangle of silver scales, trembling a little to the stiff, tinny drip of the banjos on the lawn" (51).
This paints a clear picture of the atmosphere of Gatsby's wild party.
The Valley of Ashes
The valley of ashes between West Egg and New York City consists of a long stretch of desolate land created by the dumping of industrial ashes. It represents the moral and social decay that results from the uninhibited pursuit of wealth, as the rich indulge themselves with regard for nothing but their own pleasure. The valley of ashes also symbolizes the plight of the poor, like George Wilson, who live among the dirty ashes and lose their vitality as a result.
Simile is a literary device in which two things are compared with the use of like or as.
Imagery is the use of vivid language to paint a mental picture for the reader.
A metaphor is a literary device in which two things are compared without the use of like or as.
Symbolism is the use of something tangible to represent an idea.
With your partner:
You will be assigned a chapter we have read from
The Great Gatsby
Look for examples of figurative language.
Create a presentation (using PowerPoint or Prezi) in which you give at least one example of each literary device used in the chapter.
For each example, you should include an explanation in your own words.
Your presentation should be at least 5 slides or frames in length.
Spelling, grammar and capitalization count!