How Does Fitzgerald Use Aspects of Narrative in Chapter Five of ‘the Great Gatsby’?

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How does Fitzgerald use aspects of narrative in Chapter Five of ‘The Great Gatsby’? Chapter Five is a pivotal chapter in ‘The Great Gatsby’ as it starts to explore the relationship between Daisy and Gatsby that has otherwise been left to prospect as Gatsby strives towards a dream that nobody else can imagine. This chapter is possibly one of the most important in terms of narrative as it moves from speculation about the character of Gatsby to his past and that has obvious and as a perilous impact upon the actions of characters throughout the rest of the book. As the novel explores themes of love, excess and the American dream, it becomes clearer and clearer to the reader that a meeting between Daisy and Gatsby was inevitable as it is a hinge for the rest of the novel to swing on and that Gatsby’ frame of mind and his ambitions are out of sync with the passage of time. Fitzgerald creates significance within the novel through a whole host of narrative techniques, one of these being setting and the wider significance it can bring to a scene. For example throughout the book, he references the green light that symbolises the idealised perfection that Gatsby believes Daisy to possess but the night before his meeting with her his house is ‘blazing with light’. It is almost has if the green light has been amplified to the burning inferno of the house to illustrate Gatsby’s blazing dream of Daisy which he has aspired to and driven every effort into achieving for five year, ‘It took me just over three years to earn the money to buy that house.’ The fact that the light is engulfing his house shows the lengths he has gone through to reach his goal as the house serves as a key symbol of aspiration, reflecting both Gatsby’s success as an American self made man and the mirage of identity he has created to win Daisy’s love.
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