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Literary Devices in The Great Gatsby

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Liz Riester

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Literary Devices in The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald uses literary devices such as personification, hyperbole, oxymoron, imagery, and simile to convey the tone and mood of
The Great Gatsby
.
Personification
Hyperbole
Oxymoron
Imagery
"...-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 non-existent nose." (Fitzgerald 23)
T. J. Eckleberg's All-Seeing Eyes
Jay Gatsby
"...he was a German Spy during the war." (Fitzgerald 44)
"Well, they say he's a nephew or a cousin of Kaiser Wilhelm's. That's where all of his money comes from." (Fitzgerald 32)
"Somebody told me they though he killed a man once." (Fitzgerald 44)
"...- a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke, and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air." (Fitzgerald 23)
The Valley of Ashes
"A succulent hash arrived, and Mr. Wolfsheim, forgetting the more sentimental atmosphere of the old Metropole, began to eat with ferocious delicacy." (Fitzgerald 71)
Wolfsheim
"The murmur trembled on the verge of coherence, sank down, mounted excitedly, and then ceased all together." (Fitzgerald 14)
"So I don't know whether or not Gatsby went to Coney Island, or for how many hours he 'glanced into rooms' while his house blazed gaudily on." (Fitzgerald 83)
Simile
"Your place looks like the World's Fair." (Fitzgerald 81)
"Daisy and Jordan lay upon an enormous couch, like silver idols, weighing down their own white dresses against the singing breeze of the fans." (Fitzgerald 115)
By Elizabeth Riester
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