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What was the writing style F. Scott Fitzgerald used in writing "The Great Gatsby"?

F. Scott Fitzgerald's writing style in The Great Gatsby is lyrical and poetic, reflecting the larger-than-life dreams of the novel's characters and the observant perspective of the narrator, Nick Carraway.

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Above all else, the writing style in The Great Gatsby is lyrical. The prose is lush and beautiful, using poetic metaphors and language to tell the story. Fitzgerald regularly utilizes such a prose style throughout, giving the people and places Nick encounters a larger-than-life quality that reflects how new city life is for him.

Using Nick's description of Daisy from the first chapter as an example, note how the prose illustrates Daisy's charm and allure:

I looked back at my cousin, who began to ask me questions in her low, thrilling voice. It was the kind of voice that the ear follows up and down, as if each speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again. Her face was sad and lovely with bright things in it, bright eyes and a bright passionate mouth, but there was an excitement in her voice that men who had cared for her found difficult to forget: a singing compulsion, a whispered "Listen," a promise that she had done gay, exciting things just a while since and that there...

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F Scott Fitzgerald uses heaps of personification in 'The Great Gatsby' as well as imagery and symbolism.

Examples of symbolism includes: the 'Valley of Ashes' (which is like a moral wasteland), Dr. T J Eckleberg, the green light that Gatsby is staring at and East Egg and West Egg.

The reader usually sees things through Nick Carraway's point of view but sometimes we are shown things through other character's point of view and through 3rd person also.

Fitzgerald also captures all of the senses through his detailed description of how things look, smell, sound and feel. He can make some of the most boring things seem interesting through his personification.