Essay on Techniques Used in the Great Gatsby

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Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. Britain: Penguin, 1926.

1. Point of view – the view or perspective of how the story is narrated (i.e first person)

“Only Gatsby, the man who gives his name to this book, was exempt from my reaction – Gatsby, who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn.” (pg. 8)

• This novel is narrated from a first person point of view. Nick Carraway is both a narrator and a character participant in the story. Seen that this novel is mostly about Jay Gatsby and how what happens to his life is narrated to represent general themes, there could be no other narrator than the character who is Gatsby’s neighbor, and someone who declares to be free of any preconceptions or
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6. Mispronunciation – when words or full sentences are written exactly as they sound to emphasize the tone and profile of the character

“Oh, my Ga-od! Oh, my Ga-od! Oh, my Ga-od! Oh, my Ga-od!”


“What you want, fella?”

“What happened? – that’s what I want to know.”

“Auto hit her. Ins’antly killed.”

“Instantly killed,” repeated Tom, staring.

“She ran out ina road. Son-of-a-bitch didn’t even stopus car.” (pg. 145-146)

• Being a realistic novel, Fitzgerald compromises to every small detail of reality. In this example, readers can easily see the difference in accent and pronunciation of the three people having a dialogue. The officer, being from a lower social class, and therefore imaginably less educated, skips sounds when he says certain words such as “ins’antly” instead of instantly, “fella” instead of fellow and “stopus” instead of stopped. With these mispronunciations Fitzgerald enables a brief and careless speech. Wilson’s quote (“Oh, my Ga-od!”) also tells a lot about the character and justifies the murder by the end of the book. He is also part of the rough, low class, uneducated, and in this case angry and desperate. The officer and Wilson stand as contrast to Tom who presents a complete and fluent speech that proves that his wealth bought him education.

7. Repetition – to use

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