Fitzgerald tells the story in chapter 7 via retrospective narration, from the perspective of Nick Carraway, a self-conscious narrator, who is writing a novel of his own, within Fitzgerald's novel. Fitzgerald uses many techniques to tell the story in chapter 7, namely pathetic fallacy, characterisation and the chronological revelation of the events that took place in the summer of 1922, after Gatsby and daisy were finally reunited.
Fitzgerald builds on the image of Tom as a “brute.” He is shown to be speaking “savagely” and “exploding into speech.” This shows that Tom is a character who has not been changed by the events leading up to chapter 7, and shows us how he truly possesses no respect for any one; even the suspected gangster who is sleeping with his wife. Fitzgerald perhaps chooses such savage lexis to play the role of narration by Nick, when describing Tom, in order to show us the real reason why Nick chooses to ultimately leave the East after Gatsby's death, as he possesses deeply rooted resentment for self-centred characters, such as Tom.
Similarly to Tom, Daisy is has not exactly been changed by the events leading up to Chapter 7. She does not want to leave Tom, perhaps because the two of them are well suited for one another, and she sees being with Gatsby, only as a means of revenge against Tom, for being unfaithful. Fitzgerald clearly shows us that love still exists between the two, when Daisy and Tom arrive at their house after the disastrous day in the city, where Daisy “violently extinguished” Myrtle Wilsons. Tom’s “hand had fallen upon and covered her own.” And “Once in a while she looked up at him and nodded in agreement.” The fact that neither of them seem to be angry with the other, shows us that their infidelity was only a phase through which they were going, and that in reality they are made for one another. By contras, Fitzgerald shows us the almost pathetic image of Gatsby standing in the rain to “see if he tries to bother her about...
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