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Formalist Approach to The Great Gatsby
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What if we do nothing?
Based on Jim Harvey's speech structures
Wolfsheim, a friend of Gatsby, says that Gatsby, “would never so much as to look at a friend’s wife.”
Ironical because Gatsby desires Daisy, an already married woman with a child.
Wolfsheim saying this, a prominent figure in organized crime, makes it ironical too.
Daisy chooses Tom over Gatsby
Ironical because Daisy was expected to choose Gatsby after all he did for her
Gatsby took the blame for something she did
Daisy and Gatsby hold an affair behind Tom's back
Ironic because the audience knows of this before Tom until Chapter 7.
Daisies tend to be slim and white flowers with a bright yellow center who stand tall and beautiful while a myrtle is an evergreen shrub that is also white.
Intended to show Myrtle’s attempt to “replicate” Daisy
To represent their class distinction (more elegance in daisies than in myrtles)
Daisy & Myrtle
The “green light” at the end of Daisy dock
Symbolism that represents Gatsby's unattainable desire for Daisy
Symbolizes a future deemed to failure with money as the interfering aspect
The Green Light
Paradox, Personification, & Simile
Jordan describes Gatsby’s parties by saying, “And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.”
Paradox because it tends to be the opposite
In Chapter 1 Nick says, "The abnormal mind is quick to detect and attach itself to this quality when it appears in a normal person."
Personification because it gives the mind the qualities of detecting and being able to attach itself
“Daisy and Jordan lay upon an enormous couch, like silver idols, weighing down their own white dresses against the singing breeze of the fans.”
Simile because it compares them to silver idols (describes their purity and the validity they give to wealth)