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The Great Gatsby: Rhetorical Analysis Web

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Carly Beth Horne

on 18 November 2013

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The argument portrayed in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is that the American dream will never be fully achieved no matter what you may have or may do. An example from the book would be Gatsby trying to buy back the love of Daisy Buchanan, but it seems not to work out the way he would have liked. Fitzgerald portrays this argument through many rhetorical strategies which help create his style of writing. Some examples would include the diction he uses throughout the novel, the different levels of tones and moods that are presented and the way he structures this novel also helps toward this argument.
"He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breaths, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning-fork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her. As his lips' touched she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete" (110-111).

This passage shows how Gatsby feels about Daisy. It is a flashback that Gatsby has of the two when they were together. The diction creates a loving tone through the use of hyperboles and similies. The use of these really bring out Gatsby's love for Daisy to the reader. This goes along with the central argument since Gatsby's dream is to have Daisy back, but she will never come back no matter what he tries to do.
"careless people, Tom and Daisy-they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made" (179).

Fitzgerald does not just state that they were careless, lazy people who always got what they wanted. Instead, he uses words like "careless people" and "let other people clean up the mess they had made" he uses this diction to try and keep the readers attention. This goes along with the argument because the American dream is not really reached in the two's lives. They might of had everything they ever wanted, but they were never really truly happy and actually with the one they love.
"'I'm glad its a girl. And I hope she'll be a fool-that's the best thing a girl could be, a beautiful little fool.'" (17).

Daisy is saying this because she is showing how she truly feels about her husband. The syntax and diction in this sentence create a tone of hatred toward her husband due to the fact that he is having an affair with another woman. This goes along with the argument because Daisy is basically saying that she hates her husband and she wishes that her daughter will do what she does and act like nothing is wrong with anything, which is not an American dream at all.
"He literally glowed; without a word or gesture of exultation a new well-being radiated from him and filled the little room" (89).

After waiting five years for Daisy, this passage describes Gatsby's joy of getting to see her. The imagery used through out this passage adds to the syntax in the fact that Daisy had feelings for him even though she was married to her husband, Tom. This goes along with argument because in the end Daisy has to go back to her husband and Gatsby is going to lonely and missing her again. Not living out the american dream he had hoped for.
The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Carly Beth Horne
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