In the following text I will talk about the stylistic devices that are used in the Novel “The Great Gatsby“. The Novel “The Great Gatsby” is written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, in 1925.
Fitzgerald is using many stylistic and literary devices in his novel. Stylistic or literary devices is for example the metaphor. The Metaphor is the indirect comparison that is used without the word “like” or “as”1. A different stylistic devices is the personification. With the personification you humanize something that is not human, for example “the howling wind”.
At the beginning of “The Great Gatsby” Fitzgerald is describing the environment very detailed, so the reader has a good imagination of the place Nick is living. Fitzgerald is not only describing the place and the environment detailed, even the characters are described very detailed. One of the important stylistic device is the personification. Fitzgerald is showing the reader the billboard of
Dr. T. J. Eckelburg. He describes the Eyes “The eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckelburg are blue and gigantic—their irises are one yard high. They look out of no face, but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a nonexistent nose”2. With this Fitzgerald shows the reader that Dr. T. J. Eckelburg is watching over everyone and only sees yellow. The color yellow should represent the money3 and shows the greed and envy4 of the people that are living in the city and that they are watching over the poor people. Not only the Eyes of Dr. T. J Eckelburg is yellow, also the color of Gatsby's car is yellow.
There are sometimes parts with some hyperbole, like “there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life, as if he were related to one of those intricate machines that register earthquakes ten thousand miles away” that shows how amazing Gatsby is and how sensitive he is.