Fitzgerald uses a range of syntax devices in order to tell his story, "The Great Gatsby". Here, we will focus on:

  • repetition
  • parallelism


Fitzgerald makes extensive use of repetition. 

For example, when Nick meets Daisy he writes “Daisy made an attempt to rise – she leaned slightly forward with a conscientious expression – then she laughed, an absurd, ...



Fitzgerald also frequently uses parallelism as a device. In describing Gatsby's parties, he writes “every Friday five crates of oranges and lemons arrived from a fruiterer in New York – every Monday these same oranges and lemons left his back door in a pyramid of pulpless halves.”


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