In from a man who knew all

In F. Scott Fitzgerald Novel “The Great Gatsby”, Nick Carraway, The Narrator of the story uses Literary Devices such as Description, Imagery, and Simile to reveal his tone towards the rest of the characters and places in the novel. In the Novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald takes the reader into an entire different world filled with mystery, drama, and suffering through detailed descriptions of both the settings and  the characters. The Author Fitzgerald describes Gatsby’s parties as mysterious and peculiar due to no one knowing the truth about Gatsby’s Wealth or Personal History. An example in the Novel would be “Somebody told me they thought he killed a man once.” “I don’t think it’s so much that,” argued Lucille sceptically; “it’s more that he was a German spy during the war.” One of the men nodded in confirmation.”I heard that from a man who knew all about him, grew up with him in Germany,” he assured us positively. “Oh, no,” said the first girl, “it couldn’t be that, because he was in the American army during the war.” As our credulity switched back to her she leaned forward with enthusiasm. “You look at him sometimes when he thinks nobody’s looking at him. I’ll bet he killed a man” In this party scene Nick runs into Jordan Baker, whose friend, Lucille, speculates that Gatsby was a Germanic spy during war, a graduate of Oxford and that he once killed a man in cold blood. The mystery is clear in this scene due to the rumours spectualiting about Gatsby’s wealth.  Another example of the mystery would be shown throughout this quote, “There was music from my neighbor’s house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars. On weekends his Rolls-Royce became an omnibus, bearing parties to and from the city between nine in the morning and long past midnight, while his station wagon scampered like a brisk yellow bug to meet all trains. And on Mondays eight servants, including an extra gardener, toiled all day with mops and scrubbing-brushes and hammers and garden-shears, repairing the ravages of the night before.” (Fitzgerald 43). The beginning of Chapter 3 clearly demonstrates the excessive behavior of the 1920’s. Fitzgerald here uses imagery to reveal the tone as mysterious by describing all the expensive materialistic objects in the scene. The description paints the picture of excessive spending with the champagne, motor boats, Rolls-Royce, and personal gardeners and servants who take care of the gardens to try and make partying frequent. The Rolls Royce and motorboats described throughout this scene are  used as the examples of imagery. This might also suggests that the people of this time were mainly concerned on outward appearances of things, which is exhibited through their shallow behavior. Later throughout the book, Nick Carraway and Tom Buchanan pass through a devastated area with poor and vanquished workers. Fitzgerald’s description of the valley of ashes demonstrates to the reader how heart-breaking the area actually is. An example in the Novel would be “The valley of ashes is bounded on one side by a small, foul river, and when the drawbridge is up to let barges through, the passengers on waiting trains can stare at the dismal scene for as long as an hour. There’s always a halt their of at least a minute and it was because of this that I first met Tom Buchanan’s Mistress.” (Fitzgerald 28), Here Nick’s tone is dispirited when describing the Valley of Ashes. George Wilson, a fellow worker from the valley of ashes owns a garage shop where his wife Myrtle Lives in, she is introduced to Nick as Mrs. Wilson. She was Tom Buchanan’s mistress, Here is Nick’s description of her “She was in her middle thirties, and faintly stout, but she carried her surplus flesh sensuously as some women can. Her face, above a spotted dress of dark blue crepe-de-chine, contained no facet or gleam of beauty but there was an immediately perceptible vitality about her as if the nerves of her body were continually smouldering” (Fitzgerald 25). Here Fitzgerald uses imagery to describe Mrs. Wilson’s wife as young and quite attractive. Tom Buchanan was married to Daisy Buchanan who is Nick Carraway’s cousin. In the Novel Tom shows no guilt in inviting Nick to New York with his mistress. An example would be “I have been drunk just twice in my life, and the second was that afternoon” (Fitzgerald 30), Here Nick’s tone as exciting because he was too drunk.Finally, In conclusion F. Scott Fitzgerald uses Literary devices such as description, simile, and Imagery to reveal Nick’s tone towards the rest of the characters in the Novel such as Mr. and Mrs Wilson, and Also Gatsby. Nicks Tone is also revealed towards the Valley of Ashes and at Gatsby’s Party.