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How does Fitzgerald tell the story in chapter 5 of the Great Gatsby

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´╗┐LYDIA GEORGE How does Fitzgerald tell the story of the Great Gatsby in chapter 5? During chapter 5 Gatsby is reunited with Daisy and it becomes clear to the reader that Gatsby's emotional frame is out of sync with the passage of time as the novel explores the coming of love of the past into the present. The chapter starts with the return of Nick from his date with Jordan whose relationship seems very impersonal and surface deep compared and contrasted to the passionate and fulfilling relationship of that of Gatsby and Daisy that is addressed and unpicked during chapter 5. Nick describes Jordan to have a ?disembodied face? and a ?wan, scornful mouth? which give her a ghost like quality suggesting a transparent and empty liaison. Nick returns home to find Gatsby?s house all lit up ? ?from tower to cellar? and believes Gatsby is having another extravagant party, Nick walks over to investigate and on his way is startled by Gatsby. ...read more.


Fitzgerald uses pathetic fallacy as rain appears when Gatsby and Daisy meet for the first time which ominously foreshadows their relationship and Gatsby's fate. When Daisy finally meets Gatsby, Fitzgerald creates an awkward tension between the two. Fitzgerald uses silences such as ?for half a minute there wasn?t a sound? and ?a pause? which was ?endured horribly? to create a difficult and detached atmosphere. Conversation between Daisy and Gatsby does not flow easily and is filled with ?chocking murmurs?, ?abortive attempt at a laughs? and snippets of small talk. Gatsby then nearly knocks over a ?defunct mantel piece clock? in his agitated and jittery manor - '...the clock took this moment to tilt dangerously...whereupon he turned and caught it with trembling fingers and set it back in place'. This represents Gatsby?s vain and clumsy attempt to stop the passage of time in order to retrieve the past. As the clock is a ?defunct? one it does not work and has stopped at one moment in time; just as Gatsby's life has stopped. ...read more.


Daisy is more representative of people during the decadent world of the Jazz Age. Fitzgerald concludes the chapter is with Nick being the one alone, which is a change of situation as it is usually Gatsby isolated from company. Nick seems almost jealous of the relationship Gatsby and Daisy have. This is shown by the long sentence length used by Nick describing Gatsby and Daisy in the final stages of the chapter where they have fallen for each other. Nick uses long sentences such as ?They had forgotten me but Daisy glanced up and held out her hand; Gatsby didn?t know me now at all? this shows Nicks jealousy of their relationship and the sentence is broken down into three parts to show how each character is feeling. Nick feels forgotten, Daisy feels she needs someone by holding out her hand and Gatsby is shown to be madly in love by not acknowledging Nick and fixating on Daisy. Chapter 5 is presented as the turning point within the novel when Gatsby and Daisy reunite and where the green light by the deck is not a dream anymore because Daisy is with Gatsby. ...read more.

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