How does Fitzgerald tell the story in chapter 7?
Chapter 7 starts by Gatsby firing all his servants and then shows up at the Buchanan’s house with Nick and Jordan there. They all decide to go into town, and hire a suite of the Plaza hotel, where there is an intense argument between Gatsby and Tom about Daisy and who she’s in love with. On the journey home Myrtle Wilson gets hit by the motorcar in which Daisy is driving. Prior to the climactic moment of the Plaza suite scene, Fitzgerald uses heat references to tell the story. The ‘broiling’ setting of the Buchanan house has negative connotations of unpleasantness and allows the reader to feel how uncomfortable the situation was. ‘Simmering’ indicates to the readers that the chapter ill no only increase in heat and ‘boil up’ but that also the tension within the chapter will also rise, foreboding the growing anger and conflict between Tom and Gatsby, consequently leading up to the inevitable tragedy of Myrtle Wilson’s death. In chapter 7, the quick successive change of settings also increases the tension; all quickly leading up to the climactic point within the text and the crisis of Myrtle’s death which are all foreshadowed by the vast amount of setting changes in such a short space of time. It could suggest all the characters are feeling uncomfortable and they think simply removing themselves from the setting will ignore the tension and awkwardness surrounding them. ‘Please don’t’ Daisy interrupted helplessly, ‘Please let’s just all go home.’ Daisy’s awkward plea makes her seem not in control of the situation, and that she thinks the tension will calm and get forgotten if they just go home. Daisy does not cope well under pressure, and ‘on the verge of tears’ she tends to make spontaneous decisions about where to go next to isolate her from the awkwardness of facing the truth about her love for Gatsby and her husband Tom. Halfway through chapter 7, readers see Daisy’s child, Pammy, for the first time in the...
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