Help me with analysing this section of The Great Gatsby - Chapter 9
Most of the big shore places were closed now and there were hardly any lights except the shadowy, moving glow of a ferryboat across the Sound. And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors' eyes - a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby's house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.
- any connections with the rest of the novel
- connections to the american dream
- language devices used
- the overall meaning of it
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Here's some ideas to get you started:
1. - any connections with the rest of the novel--
This passage uses the changed landscape as a metaphor for how man has changed, manipulated, tainted, commandeered, whatever, the natural landscape and created a panorama of gilded homes, manicured lawns, socially vapid people not connected to the realities of the working class or natural world. Certainly, no East, West, or South or North Egg existed when the early explorers first eyed the coast of what was the be the world of Gatsby and Daisy.
2. connections to the american dream
Ah! The narrartor imagines the first explorers so in awe of our pristine land that no words yet existed, no goals were yet set, no plans of conquer were taken in Old World's strategies of our America. This moment discribed is the first awakening of manifest destiny in this brave new world of America.
3. language devices used
Well, darling, we are talking Fitzgerald!
The alliteration is top-notch!
transitory enchanted moment
moving glow of a ferryboat
compelled into an aesthetic contemplation
I mean, this is stuff ya gotta say outloud!
Use of metaphors:
houses melt away
vanished trees had once pandered in whispers
Well, hopefully some of this can be helpful!
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