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brrrrandon | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 7, 2010 at 11:26 AM via web

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What are some of the literary devices and literary terminologies in the chapters 3-4 then 5-6, 7-8?

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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted August 8, 2010 at 8:27 PM (Answer #1)

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There are many.  One of the most prominent literary devices at work in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is symbolism.  The narrator Nick continually refers to the green light that sits across the harbor near Daisy's home.  Gatsby often looks out at this green light, and it symbolizes the hope of opportunity that Gatsby has in regards to finally having a relationship with Daisy.  In a broader context, the green light is symbolic of the American dream and its effects on the characters in the novel.  They all in some way want to pursue a path that they believe will bring them happiness, and the green light suggests that the characters' willingness to pursue these dreams even in the face of dire consequences.

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