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The Great Gatsby Figurative Language

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Meagan Tehseldar

on 5 March 2015

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby Figurative Language

Figurative Language and Symbolism
The Great Gatsby:
Simile
For Example:
"...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.
Metaphor
For example:
"My house was an eyesore" (15).

This metaphor describes the house as not only being ugly, but dramatically so. It shows the disparity between Nick's house and Daisy's.
Imagery
For example:
"Across the courtesy bay the white palaces of fashionable East Egg glittered along the water, and the history of the summer really begins on the evening [...]" (14)

This paints a clear picture of the atmosphere of East Egg.
Symbolism
For Example:
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!
Personification
The attribution of a personal nature
or character to inanimate
objects or abstract notions.

For Example
"The lawn started at the beach and ran
toward the front door..." (pg. 6)

The lawn did not literally run...
Allegory
For example:
"The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic—their retinas are one yard high. They look out of no face, but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a nonexistent nose"
What is he symbolizing? Who or what is "always watching?"
A story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one
Hyperbole
For example:
""I'm paralyzed with happiness." (pg. 8)

She isn't actually paralyzed with happiness, she says it to make a point.
An extreme exaggeration
Irony
Situational Irony:
when the opposite of what is expected occurs
Dramatic Irony:
when the audience know more than the characters do
Verbal Irony:
a discrepancy between what is said and what is meant
incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result
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