• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Critical analysis of page 41-42 of the Great Gatsby

Extracts from this document...


´╗┐Critical Analysis p41-42 Fitzgerald describes the ?music? coming from Gatsby?s house which is effectively used to foreshadow the images of music in the party later in the passage. He also uses the term ?summer nights? which presents the reader with the impression of a continuous party and demonstrates more clearly the hedonistic world that the rich inhabited in 1920s America which is further confirmed when Fitzgerald refers to the ?champagne? in the next sentence suggesting this expensive delicacy was the normality at these lavish parties. The ?blue gardens? in the following sentence gives the reader a vivid picture of the evening light whilst also using the metaphor to evoke a feeling of beauty regarding Gatsby?s party within the readers mind. The image of the comings and goings being ?like moths? gives the idea of the fleetingness of the upper class guests that have no real purpose or aims but to drift at these parties. ...read more.


The immensity of Gatsby?s parties is further shown through the statement that ?eight servants, including an extra gardener? had to work all of Monday to restore the mansion to its former grandeur and to get rid of the after effects of the party. The image of ?several hundred feet of canvas? being used just for Gatsby?s party once again indicates his enormous wealth and success and makes it more realistic to the reader by using measurements. Fitzgerald uses colour imagery to describe the party food such as ?glistening hors-d?oeuvre?, ?salads of harlequin designs? and ?turkeys bewitched to a dark gold?. This creates a more realistic and physical aspect to the food that makes it more vivid for the reader. The use of the ?dark gold? image also symbolises Gatsby?s wealth and the grandeur of the party. Fitzgerald combines the visual images of the ?gin?, ?liquors? and other drinks with the sound imagery of the ?oboes?, ?trombones? and other orchestra instruments in the following paragraph in order to appeal to more of the readers senses. ...read more.


There is further light imagery as it grows ?brighter? mentions of the ?sun? which evoke images of wealth and beauty. Fitzgerald creates both visual and sound imagery when he describes the ?yellow cocktail music? in which the light imagery again indicated wealth to the reader and also creates a soft, sensual feel. The ?opera of voices? further highlights the noise of the party and connects both the orchestra noise and that of the guests conversations. The groups changing ?swiftly? gives the impression of elegance and restlessness, as people are reluctant to stay in the same place as groups ?dissolve and form in the same breath?. Fitzgerald stresses the self obsessed, egotistical nature of the party guests when he reveals their aim; to become centre of attention which, when fulfilled, makes them ?excited with triumph?. The passage comes to a close with the ever recurring light imagery of the ?constantly changing light? perhaps symbolising not only the beauty of the scene but also the fleetingness of the people that inhabit it. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level F. Scott Fitzgerald section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level F. Scott Fitzgerald essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    To what extent and in what ways is Fitzgerald purely critical of Gatsby's dreams?

    4 star(s)

    The character of Gatsby is portrayed as a dreamer, and these aims and human feelings which he possesses ensure that he is much more of an attractive character than for example, Jordan, who has no such dreams or ambitions for the future and is often associated with words such as "lazy" and "cool".

  2. Marked by a teacher

    How do Scott Fitzgerald and Hunter S thompson portray the villain in 'Fear and ...

    3 star(s)

    Clearly in the surroundings Fitzgerald creates for Tom it is not acceptable to behave in such a way. Gatsby is set in a time period more than half a century before Fear and Loathing and so social norms and expected behaviour is at times vastly different.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work