A revision summary of the style of 'The Great Gatsby'.
This clip could be used to help students recognise and understand the stylistic devices used by Fitzgerald in 'The Great Gatsby'. Before watching the clip, the following question could be posed: "How does the author set out and support the themes of the novel using stylistic devices?" (students should discuss first person narrative; symbolism; imagery.)
To support their answer, students should find references that depict a particular mood or emotional state about a situation or person. For example, the weather in 'The Great Gatsby' matches the emotional heat and narrative tone of the story (Gatsby and Daisy’s reunion begins amid a pouring rain, proving awkward and melancholy; their love reawakens just as the sun begins to come out. Gatsby’s climactic confrontation with Tom occurs on the hottest day of the summer), colour symbolism (Daisy dressed in white conveying innocence and purity, yellow portaying luxury and the destructive power of wealth).
Ask students to consider their personal interpretations of each device used within the novel and write an essay answering the question posed above.