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The Great Gatsby Plot Structure

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Tyler Collins

on 14 May 2014

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby Plot Structure

Rising Action
Falling Action
The Great Gatsby Plot Structure
Rising Action
"Well, first Daisy turned away from the woman toward the other car and then she lost her nerve and
turned back. The second my hand reached the wheel I felt
the shock—it must have killed her instantly" (Fitzgerald).

-This books rising action is extremely long and goes from the time Nick first visits the Buchanans to Gatsby's murder; however, I feel this quote summarizes this part of the story very well. Nick, Jordan, Tom, Gatsby, and Daisy are returning from an intense trip to the town when Daisy hits Tom's mistress. This action is the key factor leading to the climax, and this point also represents where we truly start to lose Gatsby to hopeless dreams.
"It was after we started with Gatsby toward the house that
the gardener saw Wilson’s body a little way off in the grass,
and the holocaust was complete" (Fitzgerald).

-This quote is alone enough to represent the climax of this story because this is the point where everything comes back to Gatsby. Mr.Wilson, grieving the loss of his wife, kills Mr.Gatsby and then kills himself. Gatsby had hit Mrs.Wilson the previous day, but he was so blinded by his love for Daisy to stop the car. At this point in the story, Nick has lost his newest friend and the story is coming to a close.
Falling Action
"But all this part of it seemed remote and unessential. I
found myself on Gatsby’s side, and alone" (Fitzgerald).

-This quote represents the falling action pretty well because after Gatsby was murdered, the only one left for him was Nick. Everyone turned their cheeks, the parties stopped, Daisy and the others lied about being involved with him at all, and only his neighbor cared enough to do anything. Since Nick's activities with Mr.Gatsby were the basis for the story, the story has to come to a close. Everything after this point leads to the resolution.
"Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future
that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but
that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out
our arms farther.... And one fine morning——
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back
ceaselessly into the past" (Fitzgerald).

-This passage represents the resolution of the novel because it summarizes the way that people are always fighting towards their dreams for the future, but like Gatsby in the end you are always brought back to the actions of our pasts. In the end of our novel, Nick has this resolution and he continues on.
"… not a little sinister contrast between them. My house was at the very tip of the egg, only fifty yards from the Sound…" (Fitzgerald).
"For a moment he looked at me as if he failed to understand. 'I'm Gatsby,' he said suddenly. 'What' I exclaimed. " (Fitzgerald).

-These two quotes represent the book's exposition. We learn who Nick is, and we are introduced to his infamous neighbor Mr.Gatsby. In the exposition, we learn about the characters so that we can develop upon them as the story builds. That's what is occurring in these quotes as characters are introduced and discussed.

Works Cited
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925. Book.
-Prezi won't allow hanging indent, but I am aware that it should be used here.
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