Language Used In The Great Gatsby

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In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses details and language to reveal society 's ignorance of reality. Fitzgerald used language to reveal symbols throughout the novel. “She never loved you, do you hear? he cried. “She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me. It was a terrible mistake, but in her heart she never loved anyone except me” (Fitzgerald 116). Fitzgerald wrote Gatsby with language that gave the reader the attitude that Gatsby was not willing to accept any other truth about his love for Daisy. This language allowed the reader to infer that Gatsby did not want to accept the reality that she loved somebody else. Fitzgerald did this to show how “Gatsby” or society was ignorant of reality because…show more content…
He wrote Gatsby’s character using this specific language to represent how society is consumed with repeating the past and is unable to fully embrace change. This is one of the factors that makes society ignorant of reality because society being so consumed with the past and does not allow change. Also, Fitzgerald uses Gatsby’s love for Daisy to represent society’s ignorance of reality. Gatsby describes the importance of the green light at the end of her dock to Daisy. "If it wasn 't for the mist we could see your home across the bay," said Gatsby. “"You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock." Daisy put her arm through his abruptly, but he seemed absorbed in what he had just said. Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever. 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. Now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one”…show more content…
Fitzgerald allows the reader to picture Gatsby and Daisy’s relationship with adding the detail of the green light. The green light represents their love, when it dies their love dies with it. Fitzgerald created the green light to be a symbol of society’s illusions. Fitzgerald was explaining to the reader that “Gatsby and Daisy’s love” was society’s ignorance of reality and the “green light” was society 's illusions that clouded reality. Society see’s illusions and has ignorance until they reach reality. To continue, Fitzgerald created Gatsby as a character that is unwilling to stop until he is with the love of his life, Daisy. “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter-tomorrow we will run faster, stretch our arms farther….and one fine morning-” (Fitzgerald 154). Fitzgerald added in the detail of “run faster, stretch our arms farther…” to show that society will do whatever they need to do to try to attain their end goal, even when not attainable. Fitzgerald showed how society tends to see things how they want and not realistically. Therefore, Fitzgerald showed society’s ignorance of reality through his use of details and

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