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

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Fitzgerald uses a lyrical writing style in The Great Gatsby. The story is told from the point-of-view of Nick Carraway, who develops a romantic perspective on his neighbor, the doomed lover Jay Gatsby, during his summer living on Long Island and working in New York City. 

Lyrical writing captures emotions using beautiful and imaginative images. Fitzgerald's lyrical writing raises our sympathy for Gatsby, who we otherwise might see as just another low-life criminal grifter. We read the novel for the beauty of Fitzgerald's language and the way he uses it to make Gatsby a tragic symbol of the...

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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.

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