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Gatsby Revision- Revised

Explore the ways in which Fitzgerald vividly portrays the tensions between characters in any
two moments in the novel. Refer closely to the moments in your answer.

Tom and Gatsby

In this extract there are many methods that Fitzgerald uses to emphasise the points
regarding Tom and…

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This creates tension because her voice is now lower and described as
being full of "thrilling scorn"

3) Use of Drama- Through accusations

Accusations are very strong, they are flying in the conversation continuously
between the pair of characters.

Compares Gatsby to Biloxi
o Sarcastic + Insulting- "Tom's voice, incredulous…

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Gatsby says that Tom and Daisy's marriage is a "terrible mistake." This creates
tension because he is basically implying that their whole relationship is a mistake. It is
a mishap

Gatsby is surprised by Daisy's claim that she loved both of them. Tom interjects and
claims that even that is…

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o `The transition from libertine to prig was so complete. "I've got something to
tell you old sport ­"began Gatsby.'

Tom tries to make her admit that she loves him by remembering their past
memories together
o "Not at Kapiolani demanded Tom suddenly
o "Not that day I carried you…

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Idea of a titanic clash- at the end of this one shall prevail and leave with Daisy

Tom finally starts getting aggressive and shows his anger as he is described as
exploding. "You're crazy, he exploded.(Also relevant to contrast in characters)

The fact that Daisy has guessed what he was…

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