Themes and Tone in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald illustrates a love story centered around the mysterious Jay Gatsby and his unquenchable love for Daisy. The novel is set during the 1920’s, an age of over consumption and extravagance. In the passage beginning on page 6 the voice of Nick begins to lay a foundation for the novel through the introduction of Gatsby. The tone of the passage is mysterious and leaves the reader with curiosity about Gatsby’s character, this passage functions as a hook to entrance and intrigue the audience to Gatsby’s motives and goals in living in the new money West Egg. This passage lays both a foundation for Gatsby while also analyzing and judging Gatsby’s personality. The beginning of the passage has a positive mood about Gatsby’s personality and sheds light on his good and likeable qualities that cause the reader to be drawn to him. The very first sentence of the passage “If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures” gives the reader a snapshot into Gatsby’s personality. The “unbroken series of successful gestures” these gestures represent Gatsby’s lavish parties that were perfectly planned in order to catch the eye of Daisy, the apple of Gatsby’s eye. Within this phrase the sibilance of “s” is used syntactically in order for the phrase to stand out and distinguish its importance from the rest of the passage. The passage continues, “Then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life”, this passage is foreshadowing of how Gatsby is so aware of different opportunities and he knows how to seize them and exploit them to his advantage. It continues “Gatsby had an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any ... ... middle of paper ... ... knew was not the real Gatsby, the real man was hidden under all of the extravagance was quite different. This leads to the theme of how you can’t hide from the past no matter what you do to cover your trail. You are still the man who you were, and you cant change that. This passage functions as a main part of the exposition in which the setting and mood is established and the mysterious Gatsby is introduced. The passage introduces Gatsby as being one of a kind but than dramatically shifts so that the reader questions whom the real Gatsby is. This passage effectively functions to pull the reader into the character of Gatsby. The euphony of the passage is also a testament to the complexity in Fitzgerald’s work, that leads to detailed imagery which at the end of Chapter 1 causes the reader to become interested in Gatsby’s character and to begin to ask questions.
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