In passage A the reader is introduced to the heat of the novel “Already it was deep summer” this heightens the tension by the imagery of a “deep summer” because deep and summer is not usually words that are associated with each other. This is perhaps to prepare the readers for the entrance of Gatsby. Weather is a theme throughout the novel. This is shown in chapter 7 were the weather conditions were extreme “warmest of the summer” and is used here to heighten tension.Than the passage goes on to comment on the “new red gas-pumps sat out in pools of light” which is reference to the American dream by showing “pools of light” which illustrates the hope there was that was there for it to succeed and the ultimate failure of it because it was materialistically surrounded by “new” things i. e.
by cars which show in the novel destructiveness of modern society. They are also a major theme throughout the novel in a bad sense shown when Myrtle was run over “Death car”.Weather is shown again “The wind had blown off, leaving a loud bright night… ” which displays the calming of the weather in preparation for the appearance of Gatsby.
Fitzgerald also wanted to create a mysterious surrounding to convey that Gatsby is a mysterious man “… moonlight.
.. ” demonstrates this and is symbolic of the romantic imagination associated with reverie and the desire for an unattainable goal (Gatsby’s dream). The sentence also is a contrast t...
o the preceding sentence because it concentrates on naturalistic images which the chapter carries on to do “.
.. ings beating in trees and a persistent organ sound as the full bellows of the earth blew the frogs into life” This is showing that the naturalistic approach is the one Gatsby should have used instead of trying to buy Daisy’s love. The passage goes on to speak of Gatsby “.
.. regarding the silver pepper of the stars” the pepper and stars are unusually associated and also give a good image of the stars being sprinkled on the night sky which is explored with the theme of light and darkness seen in this passage.The quote also shows Gatsby to be a man who has high aspirations which is also conveyed in the next sentence “come out to determine what share was his of the local heavens” This is explained later in the novel when you are told of Daisy’s old house which had the “brought luxury of star shine” which is reflective of the way Gatsby tries to imitate Daisy’s lucrative ways so as to make himself attractive to her. This is also showing that he believes that he could own the stars which is showing how extreme Gatsby is and how fragile his dream really is because he won’t be able really ever to own the stars or eventually never Daisy.
Gatsby is than seen by Nick to have “stretched out his arms towards the dark water” due to wanting to reach towards Daisy but you only find this out later in the novel. This shows how pathetic his attempt at reaching fo
Daisy is because he will never reach her by doing this. This could be a metaphor for how close yet how far he was at getting Daisy back. This quote also shows the vulnerability of Gatsby and this is than shown when he was noticed to be “…
trembling… Which is the first realisation that he’s not all that he portrays himself as, which is reflected in the chapter where he is trembling when he meets Daisy at Nick’s house. Gatsby in the end of chapter 1 “vanished” and Nick remarks that he “was alone again in the unquiet darkness” This ending is typical of the novel in the way that Gatsby vanishes without fully realising his dream after all the hope (“pools of light”) and Nick is left to contemplate on the events (he done this by writing this book).The “.
.. single green light, minute and far away…
” signalled where Daisy lived and was the place that Gatsby wanted to reach and symbolised Daisy and how far away she was from him. When Gatsby is seen here he is standing alone, which is also seen through the novel when he is standing alone looking over the guests of his parties. The ending of the novel signifies the end of the dream both of Gatsby’s and the American dream.This is shown when at the start “there were hardly any lights except the shadowy moving glow of a ferry boat across the sound” which illustrates the light of Gatsby and the hope of Gatsby had gone and the ferryboat now shows the new hope that is brought into America. This typifies the Dutch sailors which entered into America which is shown in the next sentence where Nick sees the urbanised parts of America “malt away until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors eyes-a fresh green breast of the new world.
This conveyed the promise that was in the eyes of the Dutch sailors as they descended and also the hope Gatsby would have had when he looked towards the light of Daisy’s house. This was because it represented to Gatsby and the sailors a way to start over again but the difference with Gatsby was that he wanted the past of his relationship to Daisy to play a major role in his dream.Where as the Dutch sailors saw the land as a new start to right the mistakes of the past. The last paragraph shows human desire for something more, something greater than they can possible imagine which is what Gatsby indicated by his “outstretched arms in chapter 1 and now humanity reflects this in chapter 9 “stretch out our arms farther” This is also reflecting the American spirit which has come across on many occasions (aftermath of September 11th”).This paragraph also conveys the defiance of humanity against nature which parallels Gatsby’s defiance of time and nature “boats against the current” This is showing the uphill struggle that Gatsby fought and which most of us still try to defy.
It also shows that you can buy the boat but you can’t
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