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Write about some of the ways that Fitzgerald tells the story in Chapter 1 of The Great Gatsby

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´╗┐The Great Gatsby Write about some of the ways Fitzgerald tells the story in Chapter 1 In the first chapter of The Great Gatsby, the reader is introduced to the main characters in the novel, including the narrator Nick. It also outlines Nick?s background, including his upbringing and new life in New York?s prestigious West Egg. It is within this chapter that the reader is first introduced to the fundamental themes of the novel - money and ideas of social class - and this sets the tone for the rest of the book. The famous Gatsby is also first characterised in this chapter, along with Daisy and Tom Buchanan and it is here that their relationship is vitally conveyed to the reader. From the onset of the book, the narrator Nick Carraway is portrayed as well off and privileged through his lexical choices, however he seems to take this for granted in the way that he separated himself from being like others, marking himself as somewhat superior. He also seems to have a close relationship with his father as he listens to the advice given to him when his father explains that ?all the people in this world haven?t had the advantages that you?ve had?. ...read more.

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This style that Nick chooses to narrate through (his point of view) links to another theme of the separation between appearance and reality. Gatsby may seem ?gorgeous? but there is a ?foul dust? that ?floated in the wake of his dreams?. This means that Gatsby seems to carry with him a negativity, the ?foul dust? of disillusionment that meant that however close he thought his dreams were, they were never going to come true. When Nick sets the scene of the area in which he lives, West Egg he describes Gatsby?s house which is next door to his own, saying that it is a ?factual imitation? of a French house. The use of this language shows that Gatsby is trying to imitate sophistication by perhaps making a background for himself which links to the theme of self-creation and the American Dream. However opulent and luxurious Gatsby?s house may be is a fake, and could come across as pretentious and insincere as he is not being true to his roots. This suggests that wealth allows you to buy social status. Next to Gatsby?s great mansion, Nick feels inferior as he says, ?my house was an eyesore?. This shows that Nick?s neighbour?s social position and wealth is entirely distinct to his own, despite his coming from an elitist background, leaving him to feel like an outsider in that culture. ...read more.

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This makes her come across as somewhat insincere and people may begin to lose faith in the meaning of what she says. Daisy craves attention and it is soon clear that Tom neglects her, which is perhaps the underlying reason for this exaggerating as it masks her vulnerability. Nick however finds this charming as Daisy makes such an effort with people, suggesting she is fragile and has been abused perhaps by men in her life. When Nick arrives, Daisy and Jordan are dressed in white and their dresses are ?rippling and fluttering? in the breeze; the ostensible purity of Daisy and Jordan stands in ironic contrast to their actual decadence and self-indulgence. Nick is specific and critical of their aimless and dull lifestyle which is clear when he mentions remarks that the three say such as ?what do people plan?? Phrases like these show just how detached the Buchanans and Jordan are to normal life, to a point where they seem to have no life direction and separate themselves from the rest of ?common? society. In this way, the characterization of these individuals aids the novel in its form of a satire, ridiculing this over privileged society and creating humour, whilst simultaneously making a serious criticism about their way of life. Another example of this theme is the way that Jordan ?yawned?, as if she is too lazy to even talk and emphasises her languid nature. ...read more.

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