The Great Gatsby: Nick Carraway

The Great Gatsby is told from the point of view of Nick Carraway, a Midwestern transplant living in West Egg on the Long Island Sound. Carraway is the next-door neighbor of Jay Gatsby, the book’s central character.

Carraway narrates the story from the first-person point of view; the actions and events are seen and explained through his eyes. As a peripheral narrator, Carraway describes many events and actions, especially Gatsby’s early life, that he was not actually there to see. Carraway is a part of the story but acts as more of an observer or bystander than a participant.

Overall, Carraway’s character is relatively banal; he’s physically present throughout the story, but he goes relatively unnoticed by the people around him. This allows him to observe and share the intimate details of Gatsby’s life, which is the central focus of the story.

Diction

“She blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete” (111).

F. Scott Fitzgerald utilizes strong diction to indicate Daisy’s resuscitated charm with a bloom. By expressing that she “bloomed”, Fitzgerald infers that Daisy has acquired another feeling of restoration and soul because of her sentiment with Gatsby. Curiously enough, “Daisy” is additionally the name of a blossom, which makes good sense as to why Fitzgerald would compare her with nature and blooms. Likewise, by utilizing “manifestation”, Fitzgerald recommends that Daisy has turned into another type of herself. The discouraged and ignored Daisy has been supplanted by an enthusiastic and secretive adaptation of Daisy. The use of strong diction also emphasizes the power of Gatsby and Daisy’s adoration, which seems to be greater than the relationship Daisy has with Tom.

Syntax

Fitzgerald’s detailed syntax is most apparent at the very end of The Great Gatsby.

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.And one fine morning (180).

The fundamental linguistic structure present in the principal sentence an autonomous provision pursued by a reliant condition metaphorically depicting Daisy’s dock light helps in depicting Gatsby straightforward objective throughout everyday life: to win back Daisy. Furthermore, the sentence sets the phase for whatever remains of the section as each line contains increasingly complex language structure. The well-placed dashes, comma, and ellipsis in the next sentence allow the author to insert different pauses and intertwine a few ideas. The second sentence starts off with a compound sentence further depicting the belief in the green light; then, it is elongated by the dashes which insert some closing, philosophical thoughts; finally, it concludes with an unfinished introduction as to say and they lived happily ever after in a terse statement.

The Great Gatsby, exhibits a literary beauty that sets it apart as the author makes great use of symbolism, imagery, and figurative language.

SYMBOLISM

  1. The green light on the end of Daisy’s dock represents Jay Gatsby’s American dreams of “winning the girl” and achieving monetary success. It also symbolizes Daisy’s being far away and unreachable, perhaps, even illusionary.
  2. The eyes of Doctor T. J. Ecklesberg on the billboard that stands in the corrupt Valley of Ashes symbolize God. That was proven when George Wilson declares “God sees everything” after his wife Myrtle dies.
  3. The colors yellow and white have great significance. Daisy, whose car is white when Jay meets her, who dresses in white, and whose name suggests a white flower suggests innocence, naivete, and purity. However, the center of the daisy flower is yellow, the color of corruption and greed. Like the flower, Daisy appears innocent, but at her core is corruption and love of money.
  4. Flowers – Besides Daisy, Myrtle Wilson also has a flower name.
  5. 5. The Valley of Ashes – The Valley of Ashes – Which suggests corruption, forlornness and despondency, and melancholy.

FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE

Perhaps the greatest beauty in Fitzgerald’s novel is his use of figurative language, the execution of which is an absolute triumph. The novel abounds in simile, metaphor, euphemism, and other figurative devices.

1. Smile- A ‘simile’ compares two things that are similar, with the help of connecting words such as ‘like’ and ‘as’.

“In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whispering and the champagne and the stars.”

It describes Gatsby’s lavish parties, where guests pour in large numbers.

2. Hyperbole- A hyperbole is an overstatement, a literary device that helps create more emphasis.

“I’m paralyzed with happiness.”

This response by Daisy when she meets Nick, her cousin, is an exaggeration.

3. Personification- A literary device that gives human attributes or qualities to a non-human entity.

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