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What is an example of flash forward in The Great Gatsby?

There are several flash forwards in The Great Gatsby, as Nick Carraway, the narrator, often begins chapters having jumped ahead in time. He does this at the beginning of chapter 2, which takes place at least several days, if not more, ahead of his visit to the Buchanans' home in chapter 1. He jumps forward again at the beginning of chapter 3, describing his first invitation to one of Gatsby's parties, with which he is already very familiar.

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One flash forward takes place at the beginning of chapter 2. At the end of the previous chapter, Nick has returned to his house in West Egg from Tom and Daisy Buchanan's house, where he has spent the evening. He observes Gatsby on his dock, reaching out toward the water across the bay. At the start of chapter 2, Nick describes the valley of ashes, the dusty area between West Egg and the city, and he says, "I went up to New York with Tom on the train one...

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