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In chapter 4 of Gatsby how is language used to set the scene and influence interpretation?  

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At the beginning of Chapter 4 of The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses language usually reserved for weddings and comedies to set a festive, jubilant tone.  Fitzgerald wants us to feel the romanticism and anticipation in the air as Gatsby is about to receive Daisy at Nick's home in Chapter 5.  His use of language is a clear set-up by Fitzgerald to build up our hopes, only to let us down in the later chapters.

Fitzgerald uses the wonderful metaphor "...the world and its mistress" to connote the spring-like fertility in the air.  Notice too it is "Sunday" and there are "church bells" ringing--both part of a marriage ceremony.

As contrast, the rumors about Gatsby fly about: "He's a bootlegger" and "he killed a man" further add to the mystery.  It seems the...

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