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Literary Devices

Chapter 2


"A fantastic farm where the ashes grow like wheat."Pg 23

Paints a picture in the readers head. A complete dead piece of land.

Chapter 3


"While his station wagon scampered like a brisk yellow bug to meet all trains." Pg 39

Gatsby's running around trying to greet every guest.

Chapter 4


"And only let me leave it in the soap dish when she saw that it was coming to pieces like snow."Pg 76

Daisy was holding onto that letter until there wasn't really anything left of it. The letter obviously meant a whole lot to her if she took a bath with it.

Chapter 5


"I've got my hands full." Pg 83

Nicks' hands aren't really full he just means he's busy and can't help out Gatsby with his job

Chapter 6


"Listening for a moment longer to the tuning fork that had been struck upon a star."Pg 111

It's creating the scenery for Gatsby and Daisy's first kiss. Tuning forks have to be in perfect resonance so it's symbolism to Gatsby and Daisy's connection.

Chapter 7


"The next day was broiling." Pg 114

It was very very hot that day, but nothing was broiling.

Chapter 8


"As it did that night when we hunted through the great rooms for cigarettes." Pg 147

It's an emphasis on the fact that they were looking extra hard for some cigarettes.

Chapter 9


"And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually." Pg 180

The moon is shining bright over the town, and Nick is in his own world deep thinking to himself.