The Great Gatsby - Summary and narrative methods (1-3)

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English
Literature
­
1A
Chapter
by
chapter
summary
and
narrative
methods.
Chapter
1
Introduction
to
the
writer
`Nick
Carroway'
and
he
tells
the
reader
this
is
a
story
about
Gatsby,
though
he
is
only
`a
shadow'
at
this
point
in
the
narrative.
We
meet
all
the
central
characters:
Jordan,
Daisy
and
Tom.
Narrative
Techniques:
· Retrospective
Structure,
as
Nick
is
telling
the
story
after
it
has
already
happened.
· Metafiction
(Nick
tells
us
this
story
is
about
Gatsby)
"Gatsby,
the
man
who
gives
his
name
to
this
book"
· Naïve
Narrator
(His
biased
opinions
on
Daisy)
/
However
also
hypocritical
as
he
speaks
about
not
judging
people,
followed
by
a
judgmental
comment,
and
he
also
talks
highly
of
Gatsby
even
though
he
"represents
everything
for
which
(he
has)
an
unaffected
scorn"
· Nick's
educated
and
poetic
prose
­
This
is
significant
as
it
can
shape
the
readers
viewpoint
into
how
they
view
Nick
as
a
character
· Setting
­
East
Egg
and
West
Egg
­
symbolic
as
they're
"separated
by
a
courtesy
bay"
­
this
is
a
metaphorical
barrier
that
keeps
Daisy
and
Gatsby
apart
Chapter
2
Nick
is
taken
to
Wilson's
garage
(In
the
Valley
of
Ashes)
with
Tom
and
then
they
visit
New
York
to
his
and
his
mistress
Myrtle's
apartment
for
a
party.
Conflict
arises
when
Tom
breaks
Myrtle's
nose.
Narrative
Techniques:
· Observant
Narrator
"I
was
within
and
without"
­
Through
the
progression
of
the
chapter
Nick
is
drunk
so
this
specific
chapter
is
less
structured
than
the
rest
of
the
novel.
· The
dialogue
of
the
characters
is
significant
as
it
helps
create
a
faster
pace
and
build
tension
in
the
chaotic
atmosphere
· Setting
­
The
only
chapter
in
which
we
are
only
really
entering
the
Valley
of
Ashes
and
it
juxtaposes
the
extravagant
rich
landscape
of
East
and
West
Egg.
Chapter
3
This
is
the
point
in
the
narrative
where
the
reader
is
introduced
to
Gatsby
physically
for
the
first
time
instead
of
just
a
`shadow'.
Nick
is
invited
to
one
of
Gatsby's
extravagant
parties
and
he
keeps
hearing
rumors
of
who
Gatsby
is
and
what
he's
done,
therefore
still
a
mystery
to
Nick.
The
ending
of
the
chapter
with
an
occurring
crash
outside
of
Gatsby's
mansion.
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