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Literary Devices: Chapters 7 and 8

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nicole bootkovich

on 4 June 2014

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Transcript of Literary Devices: Chapters 7 and 8

Tom figuratively looses Daisy and literally looses Myrtle. His affair is falling apart and this is dramatic irony because the reader knows the truth behind the affair.

The reader also knows about Daisy and Gatsby's affair while Tom and Daisy don't know that they are cheating on each other, which creates dramatic irony.

"'Jay Gatsby' had broken up like glass against Tom's hard malice..." (Fitzgerald 155)
Oxymorons and Parallelism
"...an indefinable expression, at once definitely unfamiliar and vaguely recognizable, as I had only heard it described in words..." (Fitzgerald 127).
Literary Devices: Chapters 7 and 8
This quote shows parallelism as it describes Gatsby's expression in a few words which all have similar meanings. Also "vaguely recognizable" is an oxymoron as if something is recognizable it's likely the opposite of vague.
It shows irony as the expression is described in words to the reader but not for Nick.
"'Her voice is full of money'"
(Fitzgerald 115)
This quote identifies the selfish and vain wealth drive that hides behind Daisy's soft delicate character. She only cares for wealth and it shows in the way she speaks. It also highlights the themes of status, money and corruption.
This quote shows character roles as Gatsby's sensitivity and fragility, and Tom's bitter cruel, aggressiveness is described.
"The words seemed to bite physically into Gatsby" (Fitzgerald 140).
Gatsby is convincing Daisy and influencing her words to Tom.
"'Your wife doesn't love you,' said Gatsby quietly. 'She's never loved you, do you hear? She loves me.'" (Fitzgerald 137)
This shows Gatsby's downfall as he realizes that Daisy did in fact love both him and Tom, and his dreams begin to crumble periodically after. He realizes that his hope to be with Daisy is dissolving before him and he is filled with doubt and regret.
"We drank in long greedy swallows" (Fitzgerald 124)
This personification of their swallows displays the theme of wealth and shows the inner greed that each of the characters have. It also displays the character's dependance on alcohol to seize their boredom.
"You can buy anything at a drugstore nowadays"
(Fitzgerald 127)
When Tom states this, it reveals that he knows there's mischief behind Gatsby's fortune. It foreshadows him accusing Gatsby of bootlegging.
"...the holocaust was complete" (Fitzgerald 170)
Gatsby's death is over dramatized by Nick as he felt such remorse and pity for Gatsby. This shows the strong impact Gatsby had on Nick's life. It also shows the injustice of Gatsby's murder.
"I suppose you've got to make your house into a pigsty in order to have any friends"
(Fitzgerald 137)
All the people that go to Gatsby's party who claim to be his "friends", only go to have a good time and take advantage of him. This reveals the lonely and fake life Gatsby conceals.

Rhetorical Question
The Great Gatsby
By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Daisy is like a "free-prisoner" in that she has the wealth and power to lead whatever lifestyle she wants, however she doesn't free herself from her unhappy marriage and life with Tom.
"What'll we do with ourselves this afternoon," cried Daisy,"and the day after that, and the next thirty years?" (Fitzgerald 125)
A hyperbole and a rhetorical question help to show how the rich have all the careless time in the world to spend it as they wish. They don't have to worry about anything but keeping themselves entertained with their wealth. It also relates to Daisy's feelings being imprisoned by Tom and that her life is going to waste.
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