Rhetorical Analysis

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The Great Gatsby: Rhetorical Analysis The novel, The Great Gatsby, gives at least two examples of how Tom Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson are developed. One character is completely different from the other. F. Scott Fitzgerald uses the rhetorical device of “anaphora”, and an intricate choice of detail. With this Fitzgerald gives life to either character, and helps one see the true colors of their self-beings. To put this in simpler terms, Myrtle Wilson is soft, and delicate, while Tom Buchanan is a slob, cheater, and a jerk. When Myrtle Wilson asks the taxi driver if the dog is a boy or a girl, Tom Buchanan butts in and responds rudely (P.28). Tom Buchanan is upset with the price and does not like being taken advantage of. Once they get home, along with Nick , Mrs. Wilson right away is concerned about the dog (P.29). She sends someone to feed the dog. This shows her caring heart, and delicateness toward small living creatures. While Mrs. Wilson is trying to accommodate her puppy, Tom Buchanan brings out a bottle of whiskey (P.29). He is cold-hearted and he cares about is getting drunk and partying. His lifestyle is rather suggestive. Tom Buchanan is a rich character in this novel, while Mrs. Wilson, is not. The differences in economic status, also coincides with each of their characters. Tom Buchanan lives on East Egg. The place where people who inherited money lived. What good does all this money do if he is still going to live an unproductive life? Partying, and drinking all the time, is not worth all the money. To prove a point, Fitzgerald uses an anaphora when he describes Mrs. Wilson’s living conditions. “The apartment was on the top floor- a small living room, a small dining-room, a small bedroom, and a bath.” (P.29) This living situation is completely different from Tom’s situation. But then again their personalities/characters differ immensely. Mrs. Wilson

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