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What is the rhythm and the style of writing in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald?

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The rhythm and style in The Great Gatsby are dictated by Nick Carraway, the novel’s narrator. Nick Carraway is new to the both the East Coast and West Egg, moving there following the war as he tries to break into a career in the bond market.

The reader sees the characters, their actions, and New York City through the eyes of Carraway, a native Midwesterner. Carraway implements a lyrical and aesthetically pleasing rhythm to his writing style, which mirrors his perception of the Roaring Twenties. The Roaring Twenties was a period of economic prosperity and cultural edge which followed America’s involvement in World War I. This materialist period put an emphasis on decadence and social standing while showing a lack of regard for humanity, as evidenced by the constant infidelity and lack of remorse following death. Throughout the narrative, the characters seem more concerned with partying and displaying their wealth than living moral lives.

Carraway comments on Daisy ’s voice, which...

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