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Gatsby - Chapter 1 Essay

  • Submitted by: Ellis96
  • on March 25, 2014
  • Category: English
  • Length: 597 words

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The Great Gatsby
Chapter By chapter Plan

Chapter 1:

Summary:

In chapter 1 of Fitzgerald's tragic novel 'The Great Gatsby', Nick Carraway is introduced as the homodigetic narrator in the novel. This chapter sets the scene of the novel as Nick is characterised through the use of his back story and details of his family, furthermore the chapter highlights the prejudices in 1920's American society which is evident when Nick visits the Buchanan's home for dinner. The opening of the novel, refers to how 'Gatsby turned out all right at the end' this along with the symbolic image of him staring out at the green light, creates the enigmatic Gatsby who is the novels narrative hook.

Point 1:
Nick's narrative = 'Gatsby turned out all right at the end' & 'what foul dust floated in the wake of his dream' 'abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men' Gatsby success brings about 'foul dust' possibly resentment from those who lack wealth and status (George Wilson) Foreshadowing his death? As well as resentment from East Egger’s as he rose to the top with new money.  
How Gatsby is disillusioned by 'Short-winded elations of men', the euphoric feeling of success.
–Structure of present tense into retrospective- highlights the cyclical structure of the novel. Narrative frame of the novel suggests its tragic element as from the beginning Gatsby is doomed.

Point 2:

Setting of Buchanan's home = characterise Tom and Daisy & characterise 1920's America
'A breeze blew through the room, blew curtains in at one end and out the other' – Symbolic of the changing nature of Tom's wealthy lifestyle.
'the only completely stationary object in the room was an enormous couch' – a large piece of furniture, however it shows how Tom is afraid of commitment evidenced by his affair with Myrtle.

'The front was broken by a line of French windows, glowing now with the reflected gold and wide open to the warm windy afternoon'- French windows = classical look referencing...

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