Ch 5: Literary Devices in The Great Gatsby

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The Literary Devices in ''The Great Gatsby'' chapter of ''The Great Gatsby'' Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study the various literary devices F. Scott Fitzgerald utilizes in this novel. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts of different literary devices in ''The Great Gatsby.''

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This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about literary devices in The Great Gatsby for a standard American literature course. Topics covered include:

  • An overview of literary elements present in The Great Gatsby
  • What point of view is conveyed in this novel
  • The Great Gatsby and the use of imagery, color symbolism, and the colors yellow and green
  • Tone, satire, dramatic irony, and irony demonstrated throughout The Great Gatsby
  • Figurative language in the novel, including allusion, metaphors, similes, and personification
  • Motifs found throughout this book
  • Examples of rhetorical devices utilized by F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby

19 Lessons in Chapter 5: Literary Devices in The Great Gatsby
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Literary Elements in The Great Gatsby

1. Literary Elements in The Great Gatsby

Have you ever stopped to think about what makes up a good fiction story? F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel 'The Great Gatsby' includes a number of literary elements that truly captivate readers.

Point of View in The Great Gatsby

2. Point of View in The Great Gatsby

If you've ever read or heard of 'The Great Gatsby,' you may be familiar with the the main character of the story, Jay Gatsby. But have you ever stopped to wonder about the point of view of the book? This lesson covers and clarifies the novel's point of view, offering insights into the main characters and their perspectives.

Motifs in The Great Gatsby

3. Motifs in The Great Gatsby

This lesson goes over some motifs in the novel, 'The Great Gatsby.' Gain an understanding of how to identify a motif, how to identify some common motifs in the novel, and have a better understanding of how the motifs function in the novel.

Tone in The Great Gatsby

4. Tone in The Great Gatsby

This lesson will uncover the use of tone in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel 'The Great Gatsby.' The ever-changing tone of the novel is conveyed by Nick Carraway, the narrator of the story.

Imagery in The Great Gatsby: Examples

5. Imagery in The Great Gatsby: Examples

How do authors bring a novel to life? In the case of ''The Great Gatsby,'' author F. Scott Fitzgerald uses vibrant imagery to draw the readers in and make them a part of the story.

Color Symbolism in The Great Gatsby

6. Color Symbolism in The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic ''The Great Gatsby'' is one of the most vivid and visual novels ever written. Fitzgerald frequently uses color symbolism to evoke emotions in his readers and connect his books to timeless themes of great literature.

The Green Light & the Color Green in The Great Gatsby

7. The Green Light & the Color Green in The Great Gatsby

This lesson examines the use of the color green in F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 masterpiece, The Great Gatsby. Additionally, this lesson explores the symbolism of the green light which plays such a key role in the novel.

Yellow in The Great Gatsby

8. Yellow in The Great Gatsby

This lesson will analyze the symbolic significance of the color yellow in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel 'The Great Gatsby.' We will connect the color yellow to the novel's themes of idealism, wealth, corruption, and decay by discussing specific appearances of yellow in the novel.

Figurative Language in The Great Gatsby

9. Figurative Language in The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous novel ''The Great Gatsby'' contains many excellent examples of figurative language. Read on to see how literary tools like personification and metaphors are utilized and what their effects are.

Allusion in The Great Gatsby

10. Allusion in The Great Gatsby

Have you ever read a text that casually mentions an event, place, or character from another book or from history? Those casual mentions are a type of rhetorical device called an allusion. This lesson explores several allusions from ''The Great Gatsby''.

Metaphors in The Great Gatsby

11. Metaphors in The Great Gatsby

Metaphors are a literary device used to create comparisons in writing. F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of 'The Great Gatsby,' uses this literary device to capture his readers attention and enhance his work with numerous layers of meaning.

Similes in The Great Gatsby

12. Similes in The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald's ''The Great Gatsby'' is filled with bright details, vivid characters, and strong emotions. How does Fitzgerald fit all of this into one novel? This lesson discusses the use of simile in ''The Great Gatsby''.

Personification in The Great Gatsby

13. Personification in The Great Gatsby

You may be familiar with the literary device known as personification, but how is it used in the novel 'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald? This lesson explores and analyzes various examples of personification in 'The Great Gatsby.'

Rhetorical Devices in The Great Gatsby

14. Rhetorical Devices in The Great Gatsby

How do authors use language to make their writing vivid and meaningful to the reader? F. Scott Fitzgerald used many different rhetorical devices to make his novel 'The Great Gatsby' jump off of the page.

Irony in The Great Gatsby: Examples

15. Irony in The Great Gatsby: Examples

Irony is a powerful literary device used by F. Scott Fitzgerald in his famous novel ''The Great Gatsby.'' In this lesson, you'll learn what irony is, examples of how it's used in the book, and to what effect.

Dramatic Irony in The Great Gatsby

16. Dramatic Irony in The Great Gatsby

What is dramatic irony and what is its purpose? How is dramatic irony used in F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel ''The Great Gatsby''? This lesson seeks to explain the answer to both of these questions.

Satire in The Great Gatsby

17. Satire in The Great Gatsby

What is satire? How do authors use it? Why do authors use it? How does F. Scott Fitzgerald incorporate satire into his novel ''The Great Gatsby''? This lesson seeks to answer all of these questions.

Alliteration in the Great Gatsby

18. Alliteration in the Great Gatsby

Alliteration, a common literary device, is a useful tool that F. Scott Fitzgerald uses throughout his writing. This lesson explores Fitzgerald's use of alliteration in the novel 'The Great Gatsby'.

The Great Gatsby Vocabulary Flashcards

The Great Gatsby Vocabulary Flashcards

F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, 'The Great Gatsby,' is one of the most widely read novels in American schools. Use this set of flashcards to become familiar with the more complicated vocabulary he uses in this 1920s novel about class, wealth, and the American dream.

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