How Is Imagery Used In The Great Gatsby

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and "The Roaring '20s" by Kenn Allan both utilize imagery, symbolism, and foreshadowing to depict what living in 1920's America was like. All of these devices are used to set mood, tone, pace, and setting within their stories. The Roaring '20s is always less wordy than the Great Gatsby, but gets the point across just as well. Imagery is a literary device that is used in both the Great Gatsby and the Roaring '20s to portray mood and setting, as well as create an idea of what living in the '20s was like. In The Great Gatsby's case, the imagery creates an elaborate description of the scene, so the reader knows exactly what they are to be imagining. This book in particular heavily utilizes this literary device. An example of imagery from the Great Gatsby would be: "Already it was a deep summer on roadhouse roofs and in front of wayside garages, where new red gas-pumps sat out in pools of light, and when I reached my estate at West Egg I ran the car under its shed and sat for a while on an abandoned grass roller …show more content…

Symbolism is the use of symbols to portray something else in the story. The Great Gatsby uses this device very often. An example of this would be, "Involuntarily I glanced seaward-- and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock." The green light, in this case, represents a better life and/or Daisy. Gatsby is the one looking toward the green light, which is "minute and far away" to say that he craves it, but it's just out of his grasp. The Roaring '20s also uses this device. In one of the stanzas, Kenn Allan writes, "The flappers all danced while the bootleggers fought." The flappers represent the wealthy, and the bootleggers represent the poor. The wealthy had been ignoring the poor, living in blissful ignorance to the goings on of those less

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