Examples Of Juxtaposition In The Great Gatsby

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In the book, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the speaker, Nick, describe many complex attitudes towards hope by showing the complexity of Gatsby and Daisy’s relationship to express this theme. Nick uses literary devices such as similes, metaphors, and juxtaposition to portray to the audience how Gatsby and Daisy’s love may seem tangible to them, but in reality, they are worlds apart. Nick uses similes to have the audience understand that Gatsby and Daisy are constantly hoping for a better life, and that utopian life to them is to be together. “It had seemed as close as a star to the moon”(Fitzgerald 94). This simile suggests that Gatsby and Daisy’s love and happy ending looks close in that moment, but in reality, it is far away. This simile also suggests that their love is not tangible, since the stars will never be close to the moon. They may look close from far away, but they can’t be farther apart. This pertains to hope because all Daisy and Gatsby hope for is to be together. Hope does not guarantee a happy ending, in fact, it could lead to a false reality that is shown through…show more content…
Nick describes how Gatsby feels as if his hopes and dreams have come true, but he missed his dream already because Daisy is tired of waiting for him. “Compared to the great distance that had separated him from Daisy it had seemed very near to her, almost touching her. It had seemed as close as a star to the moon”(Fitzgerald 94). Gatsby feels close to Daisy that he is practically touching her, but the next sentence juxtaposes the first sentence because stars are not remotely close to the moon. This means that although Gatsby feels as if he finally has his “golden girl,” there is no way that it will last. They are two star crossed lovers destined for another fate. They are a million worlds apart, and no matter how much Gatsby hopes for his ideal world to come true, it will never
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