How is language used to create atmosphere in The Great Gatsby?I’m currently working on a report on The Great Gatsby. One of the questions lists the…

How is language used to create atmosphere in The Great Gatsby?I’m currently working on a report on The Great Gatsby. One of the questions lists the…

How is language used to create atmosphere in The Great Gatsby?I’m currently working on a report on The Great Gatsby. One of the questions lists the…

How is language used to create atmosphere in The Great Gatsby?I’m currently working on a report on The Great Gatsby. One of the questions lists the…

You will want to contrast Nick’s narration (very Midwestern voice, full of maxims and judgements) vs. Gatsby’s, Tom’s, Daisy’s, etc…Here’s classic Midwestern Nick (father):”Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”This reflects the modesty (or false modesty) of Midwestern values: polite to a fault, reserving judgement, plain style.  The irony, of course, is that Nick refuses to take his own advice (he is very judgmental throughout the novel).And then there’s the poet Nick, who is rife with imagery and metaphor:This is a valley of ashes—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 ash-gray men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air.… [And the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg] brood on over the solemn dumping ground.Gatsby doesn’t talk like a real person.  His dialogue is comical, even self-deprecating.  Always with the “old sport,” he speaks like some country club college boy who is eager to join the “Good ‘ol Boy Network”:”Look here, old sport,” he broke out surprisingly. “What’s your opinion of me, anyhow?”And Gatsby is full of lies.  When he prefaces his story with “God’s truth” he is setting us up for a tall tale:“I’ll tell you God’s truth.” His right hand suddenly ordered divine retribution to stand by. “I am the son of some wealthy people in the Middle West—all dead now. I was brought up in America but educated at Oxford, because all my ancestors have been educated there for many years. It is a family tradition.”But Gatsby can be funny; notice his use of ironic punchline:“You can’t repeat the past.”“Can’t repeat the past?” he cried incredulously. “Why of course you can!”Contrast this with Daisy (whose voice is supposed to be full of money, but she doesn’t really say anything important):.. best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.Most of the women in the novel are flat characters, archetypal temptresses who are shallow.  Jordan, too, is full of gossip and triteness.Observe Tom’s brutish, racist rhetoric and misogynistic tone:“It’s a bitch,” said Tom decisively. “Here’s your money. Go and buy ten more dogs with it.”So, there’s three levels of male dialogue: Nick (judgmental, poetic), Tom (tough), and Gatsby (humor, lies) and one level of female dialogue (shallow).
How is language used to create atmosphere in The Great Gatsby?I’m currently working on a report on The Great Gatsby. One of the questions lists the…
How is language used to create atmosphere in The Great Gatsby?I’m currently working on a report on The Great Gatsby. One of the questions lists the…
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How is language used to create atmosphere in The Great Gatsby?I’m currently working on a report on The Great Gatsby. One of the questions lists the…
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