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What 3 moments reveal irony in "The Great Gatsby?" What chapters are they in,...

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timida114 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 5, 2008 at 11:47 PM via web

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What 3 moments reveal irony in "The Great Gatsby?" What chapters are they in, and what does the irony reveal?

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brandih | eNotes Employee

Posted August 6, 2008 at 12:27 AM (Answer #1)

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Many questions about irony have been asked and answered for "The Great Gatsby." Please see the link below for more information.

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junebug614 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted August 8, 2008 at 10:12 AM (Answer #2)

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One of the most memorable examples of irony in The Great Gatsby is when Gatsby sits out all night making sure that "Tom doesn't hurt [Daisy]" after the infamous yellow car incident.  While he is outside lovingly and gallantly watching over her, Daisy is inside making up with Tom. 

 This irony reveals much about Gatsby and Daisy.   With Gatsby, we as the reader are struck with an overwhelming sympathy and pity for him.  We see now that Gatsby has lived his whole live trying to live up to an ideal that he'll never reach in Daisy's eyes.  With Daisy, we see that she is no better than Tom, very disloyal, and will probably never really be happy with her life.   

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