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What is direct and indirect characterization of Gatsby in The Great Gatsby? (with quotes and analysis)

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Direct characterization is when the narrator plainly states a character's traits. Since The Great Gatsby is told through the first-person point of view narration of Nick Carraway, much of the characterization in the novel is direct. He openly describes the impression Jay Gatsby has upon him when they first meet, for instance. He uses descriptors such as romantic, elegant, and irresistible, showing how Gatsby is a charismatic man who draws people to him.

Indirect characterization is when a character's personality traits are not outright stated but rather implied through their dialogue and actions. One great example of this in The Great Gatsby is Daisy Buchannan's famous wish that her daughter will be "a beautiful little fool." She says this in the light of her husband Tom 's infidelity with the flapper Myrtle, an indiscretion of which she is acutely aware. She is saying she wishes her own daughter will be too foolish and shallow to notice or be hurt by other people in the same way because it is...

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