The Great Gatsby Rhetorical Devices

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The novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a wonderful book that focuses on the main character, Nick, and his interactions with Gatsby, family and friends. Fitzgerald was born September 24, 1896 and he was a novelist who began writing the book during the Jazz age in the 1920’s. The main event associated with Gatsby are his parties, and the inspiration for Gatsby’s parties were the ones that Fitzgerald attended on the Northern side of Long Island. The book was published April of 1925 and at first sold a depressing amount of copies. Fitzgerald died before being able to see the success of his work, the book’s themes inspired many during World War II and was revived. Within the novel, Fitzgerald’s use of rhetoric and other devices is effective in clearly expressing each character, describing scenes and implying themes. …show more content…
“There was music from my neighbor’s house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars“(Fitzgerald, Chpt. 3). The sensory information just in this one quote include color, sound and texture. The author is able to convey sensory details through his writing allowing the reader to absorb all that is happening and to almost be apart of the scene. This type of descriptive writing can be found all throughout the book, especially after or before a large dialogue so the scene can be set. The author uses many rhetorical strategies to describe the atmosphere. In the quote above he uses a simile and in many other instances he uses similes to describe similar to