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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s use of setting in “The Great Gatsby

 
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s use of setting in “The
Great Gatsby.
Introduction:
The various settings and places used in the Great Gatsby primarily serve to provide the reader how a
characters can embody locations; he uses counterpointing as a technique by plot locations and
characters next to one another to make the differences between class and character very apparent.
The locations surrounding the upper class of New York in the 1920’s can vary depending on what
type of wealth they possess i.e. wealth earned through lineage or through business. The narrator
creates a great contrast between the two “Eggs” with the description of the Buchanan house and
Gatsby’s estate.
 Together these two
Language:
The language
hat F. Scott Fitzgerald uses through Nick as the narrator vary in both lexis and stylistic
approach between the two locations. Firstly, Gatsby’s house is bursting with vitality and joy which is
effectively achieved by use of hyperbolic language throughout the opening of the chapter. This is
taken further by the author; he focuses heavily upon description by use of colours within the
imagery of Gatsby’s house. The language and imagery used by Fitzgerald is essential for the
reflection of the characters placed within those settings. For example, Gatsby’s hous
e is
representative of the freedom and escape that money can purchase.
The use of the alliterative simile, “…scampered like a brisk yellow bug,” also uses personification to