The Great Gatsby – Chap.4 Analysis

What is Fitzgerald trying to achieve when he opens this chapter?

When Fitzgerald opens this chapter he tries to make Gatsby seem as if he is lying about his past, as the things Gatsby is saying often sounds over-thought, for example; “We stayed there two days and two nights, a hundred and thirty men with sixteen Lewis guns, and when the infantry came up at last they found the insignia of three German divisions among piles of dead.” Otherwise, what Gatsby is saying sounds like he hasn’t thought about it at all, for example; ” ‘What part of the Middle West? I inquired casually. ‘San Francisco.’ ‘I see.’ ”


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