Plot

This sub-chapter analyzes the plot of “The Great Gatsby”. It includes an analysis of the sections of the plot, including the build up, climax and ending

The plot of “The Great Gatsby” is told through the narrator, Nick. It takes a linear format, but sometimes the narrator adds information from outside the chronological order, or shows us a scene from the point of view of a new character. This adds to the theatricality of Fitzgerald's writing and his dramatic methods of revealing facts about the central characters to the reader.

In terms of plot, “The Great Gatsby” has the following elements:

  • Introduction
  • Build up
  • Climax
  • Ending

Introduction

Fitzgerald opens the novel by introducing the reader to his narrator, Nick Carraway. By having Nick explain some of his life stories, Fitzgerald establishes a sense of trust for the narrator, and the reader begins to feel a bond with him. This is vital if the reader is going to believe Nick's story and trust his analysis of the other characters.

When Nick goes to visit Daisy, Tom, and Jordan in the fashionable and aristocratic East Egg, he finds that everything is not as perfect and happy as it appears. The Buchanan's marriage is unhappy, with Tom having an affair, and Jordan cheats to win her professional golf games. The implication is that although they have wealth and good family, appear...

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