The Great Gatsby Study Guide

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The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald's use of flashback in The Great Gatsby proves to be an
effective tool in order to reveal information from the characters' past. These flashbacks
are effective because they allow the reader to know and understand the character better
before a situation in the novel arises. Three examples of flashbacks that Fitzgerald uses
are when Jordan explains to Nick how and when she first met Gatsby on page 79, when
Nick explains to the reader how Gatsby got his name and what his childhood was like on
page 104, and when Nick explains again to the reader what happened when Gatsby
returned from the war on page 160. The placement and effectiveness of these flashbacks
allow Fitzgerald to give more background to each character and to allow the reader to
better understand the situation that each character is experiencing.
The first example of flashback that Fitzgerald provides takes place on page 79. In
this flashback, Jordan explains to Nick how she first met Gatsby. She explains to Nick
that when the girls were eighteen, he was with Daisy Fay in her "little white roadster."
This flashback is effective because it gives us an idea of how Daisy and Gatsby's
relationship was purely based on beauty and not friendship. The placement of the above
quote was essential because it allows us to experience early in the novel how Gatsby had a
relationship with Daisy. This first example of flashback by Fitzgerald proves to be
effective and its placement essential because of the way it is used in the play.
A second example of flashback that Fitzgerald uses is on page 104. Here, Nick
explains to the reader how "James Gatsby" got his name Jay Gatsby. He chose the name
Jay because James sounded to plain and it would not impress someone of Daisy's status.
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