Relationships In The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Contrast of Relationships in The Great Gatsby Modern Author F. Scott Fitzgerald, in his novel The Great Gatsby demonstrates the opposite sides of Gatsby and Tom’s true character through the way they treat others by using specific details, strong diction, and dialogue. Fitzgerald’s purpose is to contrast the different personalities and moral standards of tom and Gatsby’s characters. He achieves this purpose by creating a compelling tone and summarizing the point in time where each of their true character is revealed by each of their actions. The contrast that Fitzgerald creates between the characters Tom and Gatsby is demonstrated through how he uses romantic diction to describe the relationship between Gatsby and Daisy and loaded diction to describe Tom and Myrtle’s relationship. Fitzgerald shapes Gatsby and Daisy’s relationship with words describing the way they look at each other “possessed with intense life.” The use of words such as “possessed” and “intense” characterize the love that Gatsby and Daisy share, that is not evident between Tom and Myrtle. While Fitzgerald does not use words such as “possessed” …show more content…

In her anguish Myrtle yells “Daisy! Daisy! Daisy!” defiantly to rile up Tom. Fitzgerald uses the raising of her voice and their argument to reveal how their relationship does not measure up to that of Daisy and Gatsby’s. The words exchanged between Daisy and Gatsby are of a kinder, softer nature when “she said something low in his ear” and he looked at her with a “rush of emotion.” Although Fitzgerald does not specifically include what was said, it has romantic and loving implication between the two. No specific dialogue was needed to show the feelings Gatsby and Daisy had for each other. The way dialogue is harshly used between Tom and Myrtle and intimately shared between Gatsby and Daisy outlines the contrast of each

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