Rhetorical Analysis Essay
The Many Faces of Jay Gatsby
In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the main character, Gatsby, has many different sides of his character, which are shown in different parts throughout the novel. The reader understands him to be a very versatile man who feels emotion deeply, but doesn’t show it on the outside nearly as much as he should. Gatsby meets a man named Nick who moves in next to him and becomes the narrator of Gatsby’s great story. Nick helps the reader understand what is happening and conveys the judgmental tone and social stratified theme through his detailed descriptions of Gatsby’s character using diction, detail and syntax.
When Nick first met Jay Gatsby, he used the description of “understandingly”(52) many times in the same paragraph to emphasize how deep Gatsby’s knowledge ran. Nick instantly judged how Gatsby carried himself and he noticed that he was a kind man. First impressions are everything, but they’re especially important when dealing with wealthier people. Nick tried to let the reader know, without being blunt, that Gatsby was a knowledgeable, wealthy man with many life experiences. He understood people and somehow made many people feel safe. “He was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life”(52). Nick was telling the reader just how Gatsby’s smile made him feel and just how special receiving one from him was. The smile made him feel safe, secure, and welcome. Gatsby had a kind of charismatic charm about him that lured people in.
Along with Mr. Gatsby’s charm that radiated outward to everyone around him, he also had a way of making each and every person feel significant and wanted. “[His smile] seemed to face the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor”(52). Although this quote shows how...
Cited: Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 2004. Print.
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