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The Great Gatsby Chapter 5
Transcript of The Great Gatsby Chapter 5
Allison, Mackenzie, Brendan, Nick
The writing style of the author
Diction: Fitzgerald uses strong word to shape Daisy's voice. These words are
Exhilarating: (v.) Making one feel happy
Tonic: (n.) music, the first keynote
Nick and Gatsby are at Nick's house in west egg, waiting for a guest to show up. This guest is Daisy. The time of day is just around four o'clock in the afternoon, the summer of 1922. The rain also just stopped.
"The exhilarating ripple of her voice was a wild tonic in the rain. I had to follow the sound of it for a moment, up and down, with my ear alone, before any words came through. A damp streak of hair lay like a dash of blue paint across her cheek, and her hand was wet with glistening drops as I took it to help her from the car."(pg. 85)
"The exhilarating ripple of her voice
a wild tonic in the rain." This metaphor is used to help develop the paragraph in the book. It's put in this paragraph to really emphasize her voice saying that it is an exhilarating ripple and a wild tonic in the rain meaning that it makes him happy to listen to her talk and it reminds him of what music sounds like, saying that her voice is beautiful.
"A damp streak of hair lay
like a dash of blue paint across her cheek
, and her hand was wet with glistening drops as I took it to help her from the car." This simile is used to help you better understand the comparison made by Fitzgerald. Throughout this book, Daisy had been our "blue" character from her "blue knuckle" now her hair looking like a blue streak on her cheek. This simile emphasizes her internal sadness where the "dash of blue paint" is symbolizing a tear on her face.
Point of view
This paragraph was written in first person. The person that is speaking is Nick Carraway. The effect this has on the reader, is that Nick is talking to the reader from his point of view when he hears/ see daisy when she pulls up and the readers begin to see different situations through the eyes of different characters.
From this paragraph we could make an inference that Nick "likes" Daisy saying that her voice is beautiful and reminds him of a tune on a keyboard, even though she is married to Tom Buchanan.
Jay Gatsby is a powerful rich man who feels uncomfortable at first around Daisy but can soon adjust.
"We went in. To my overwhelming surprise of the living room was deserted" (pg. 85)
"Then he sat down, rigidly, his elbow on the arm of the sofa and his chin in his hand" (pg. 86)
"They were sitting at either end of the couch, looking at each other as if some question had been asked, or was in the air, and every vestige of embarrassment was gone" (pg. 89)