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Write a critical appreciation of this extract, paying particular attention to its significant at this point in the novel and the ways in which it is written."There was…"(Page 41) to "…constantly changing light." (Page 42)

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University Degree F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Write a critical appreciation of this extract, paying particular attention to its significant at this point in the novel and the ways in which it is written.

"There was..."(Page 41) to "...constantly changing light." (Page 42)

"In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths..." This surreal introduction to Gatsby's summer parties highlights an alarming sense of corruption to the reader. The immediate dreamlike image of the blue gardens proves both glamorous and surreal. The colour blue is used as a symbolic tool. The initial portrayal of men and girls as moths creates a sense of destruction. Moths are attracted to light, which in turn kills them. This image reinforces the idea that there is something threatening about Gatsby's parties. On the surface Gatsby's parties seem like the place to be; they are beyond the ideals that people in America in the 1920s dared to dream. Gatsby owned a number of motor vehicles, including a Rolls Royce. These vehicles took the guests to and from the parties. This gives a clear image to the reader that Gatsby was a very wealthy man. The mention of his motor vehicles implies impatience and a constant

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