Give examples of sound devices and connect to tone.  We walked through a high hallway into a bright rose-colored space, fragilely bound into the house by French windows at either end. The windows...

Give examples of sound devices and connect to tone.

 

We walked through a high hallway into a bright rose-colored space, fragilely bound into the house by French windows at either end. The windows were ajar and gleaming white against the fresh grass outside that seemed to grow a littlt way into the house. A breeze blew through the room, blew curtains in at one end and out the other like pale flags, twisting them up toward the frosted wedding cake of the ceiling-and then rippled over the wine-colored rug, making a shadow on it as wind does on the sea.

The only completely stationary object in the room was an enormous couch on which two young women were buoyed up as though upon an anchored balloon. They were both in white and their dresses were rippling and fluttering as if they had just been blown back in after a short flight around the house. I must have stood for a few moments listening to the whip and snap of the curtains and the groan of a picture on the wall. Then there was a boom as Tom Buchanan shut the rear windows and the caught wind died out about the room and the curtains and rugs and the two young women ballooned slowly to the floor

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mstultz72 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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In addition to the superb answer above, you will find:

Alliteration: "We walked"; "high hallway"; "breeze blew"; "blown back"

Sibilance: "must have stood for a few moments listening"

Assonance: "up as though upon an anchored balloon"

Consonance: "whip and snap"

Euphony: "bright rose-colored space, fragilely bound"

Cacophony: "whip and snap of the curtains and the groan"

In addition, Fitzgerald make much use of the progressive tense (-ing endings of verbs).  Progressive tenses are useful for showing that an action was, is or will be ongoing during a period in the past, present or future):

twisting them up toward the frosted wedding cake of the ceiling-and then rippled over the wine-colored rug, making a shadow on it as wind does on the sea

 

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Doug Stuva | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Two sound devices are used in this passage from The Great Gatsby:  auditory (sound) imagery and onomatopoeia.  They both contribute to the tone (if you're using the term in a broad manner) and mood.

The curtains whip and snap, the picture groans, the windows are shut, and the wind ceases, or dies out.  These are examples of auditory imagery.

The "boom" when Tom shuts the window is an example of onomatopoeia. 

The boom signals an abrupt end to the light, airy imagery contained in the passage until Tom shuts the window.  With the abrupt "boom," the poignant lightness of the passage is destroyed. 

Before the boom the scene is dream-like;  the women floating is, of course, an illusion.  By closing the window, Tom destroys this illusion just as he will destroy others in the novel.

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