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baller23 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 25, 2009 at 11:00 AM via web

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In The Great Gatsby, Jordan says,"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." How is Jordan's statement ironic?

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katemschultz | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted February 25, 2009 at 11:32 AM (Answer #1)

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In traditional literary analysis, the season have specific symbolic interpretations: spring usually symbolizes rebirth, a new beginning, youth, innocence.  Fall is spring's opposite--fall brings the harvest, the end of summer, the "beginning of the end", nature starts to decline and die.  Fall is often associated with middle to late life.  It is ironic that Jordan indicated that life begins in the fall because it is counter-intuitive to the natural cycles of the earth and nature.

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