Motif In The Great Gatsby

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In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, motif reveals intimate details about important characters that would otherwise go unseen to the reader. By the use of repetition or motif, Fitzgerald emphasizes specific elements that are evident in the novel but not glaring symbols. Fitzgerald creates a world placed within New York and its surrounding areas. This story of a single summer reveals and intricate web of relationships and lies all narrated by a self- proclaimed unbiased source. While observing the events that unfold during that summer, Nick Caraway, the narrator, plays a key role in reconnection of Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby while knowing of the adultery between his friends. Through the motifs of time and money F. Scott Fitzgerald…show more content…
‘Why of course you can!’” (Fitzgerald 110). Fitzgerald included this dialogue between Nick and Gatsby to change how the reader views Gatsby’s actions and to show how they are taken for the sole purpose of regaining time with Daisy. Gatsby has turned from a longing for Daisy’s attention to a desire for her life entire past and present. It is also at this time Nick is exposed to the narrow view of how Gatsby sees the world. This narrow view of Gatsby’s carries over to his first encounter with Daisy. Because of his time apart from her, his expectations had grown to an unobtainable amount. Fitzgerald created a dream-oriented character in how he obsessed over every detail of their meeting. This reality could not meet Gatsby’s expectations leading to a small but evident change in Gatsby. “He had been full of the idea so long, dreamed it through to the end…Now in the reaction he was running down like an overwound clock” (Fitzgerald 92). This comparison of Gatsby to an overwound clock shows the direct correlation between time and his unmet expectations slowly falling apart. Not a moment goes by without a direct or underlying reference to time. Gatsby’s grand view of time directly relates to how many people of the 1920’s did not see the world for what it could have been but only for what it was. The motif of time used by Fitzgerald shows the reader new sides of an already complex man,
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