Gatsby Style Analysis
Fitzgerald, at the beginning of chapter two in the novel The Great Gatsby shows elaborate and intricate use of well-structured imagery. He also implements literary devices such as the simile and hyperbole. He is not limited to this so select words make his visual image in this part of the chapter unique. He starts by describing the valley of ashes, a “fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens…” Here, one knows the valley of ashes must be extremely disgusting. However, the author decides to make use of the hyperbole and say that this valley is “fantastic farm”. Why does he do that? Because he is trying to tell us that the amount of ashes present in here is unimaginable and it can be compared to a “fantastic farm” where usually “fantastic” has a good connotation. Soon after, Fitzgerald, through the use of a simile, says, “…where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens”. Here, he compares the ashes to wheat because the amount of ashes is so abundant and evenly spread out that it may be possible that the view could be comparable to ridges of wheat. The author also uses the literary device of the oxymoron by saying “grotesque garden”. These two words have completely opposite connotation but Fitzgerald chooses to combine them to show how there is beauty even in the things where you would think beauty is the most difficult thing to find. The author then goes to talk about how the ashes fill everything here. Throughout the passage, examples of intricate imagery can be perceived by the reader. For example, when the narrator mentions, “But above the gray land and the spasms of bleak dust which drift endlessly over it, you perceive, after a moment, the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg. The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic--their irises are one yard high. They look out of no face, but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a...
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