How Does Fitzgerald Tell the Story in Chapter 7

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How does Fitzgerald tell the story in chapter 7? At the start of chapter 7 Nick is going over to Gatsby’s house in order to try and talk to him. However when he arrives he finds that all of his staff have been changed and that he was unwilling to see him. The first part of the chapter is just nicks narration about rumours he has heard. Rumours are the main way in which information is passed to the reader in the first part of the chapter. It starts off by saying that “My Finn informed me that” and “the grocery boy reported that.” Jordan also says “rumour has it” when she is talking to Nick about the possibility of Toms girl being on the phone. The fact that there is no solid evidence or speech in the first part of the chapter builds up an air of suspense almost a quiet before the storm and a preface of what was to come. Fitzgerald then focuses on the weather as a distraction for all of the characters to use as and when they want. The topic of the weather may not be seen as important in the overall story, however the characters mention it a lot whenever they are trying to release tension or get out of an awkward situation. For example when someone had just collapsed and people did not know what to do, they just agreed on one thing they all knew to be true “Hot!..Hot!...Hot!” and “its too hot to fuss” This is used when tensions are rising between Gatsby and Tom after he realises that Daisy and Gatsby are having an affair. The weather can also be seen as representing the mood and atmosphere of the story at that time and once again as a preface as to the events about to ‘hot up’ in the story. The main way in which Fitzgerald tells the story in chapter 7 is revelations. After the brief build up mystery in the first part of the chapter, the rest of it is about the revealing of secrets. For example Daisy sends Tom out of the room to go and get drinks and when he is

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