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The Great Gatsby Chapter 1 How Does The Author Use Theme, Setting And Character To Instil In The Reader A Desire To Read On?

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The Great Gatsby - Chapter 1"The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a novel that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg, on Long Island in the United States. In the opening chapter the author introduces theme, setting and character and this gives the reader the desire to read on.The story is told through the eyes of Nick Carraway, who moved to East Egg, which compared to West Egg is "the less fashionable of the two". Straight away we are introduced to what Nick is like, and what his surroundings are. Right from the first page, it is suggested that Nick is very much honest, but also quite kind, as he is "inclined to reserve all judgements"."And after boasting this way of my tolerance, I come to the admission that it has a limit"This quote is another example of Nick's pure honesty. He is admitting the fact that even he eventually gets annoyed at people. I think this may be useful information to the reader as the novel goes on. Nick goes on to suggest that he's then quite surprised at himself, when he introduces one of the main characters and says;"Gatsby, who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn."Nick singles out Gatsby here and tells us he knows he shouldn't like him, yet he does. This is foreshadowing what is to come as it's suggesting to the reader that Gatsby and Nick may build a relationship.Nick describes his new home in West Egg:"My own house was an eyesore, but it was a small eyesore"This suggests to the reader that although Nicks house is certainly not attractive, it's small enough to just go past without really noticing. This is reinforcing the setting in the beginning. This beginning to the chapter overall is an interesting introduction to setting and character, giving the reader a desire to read on.Nick goes on to introduce us to the next characters, the Buchanans. He sets the scene by mentioning he was travelling to East Egg to have dinner with them, and how they are known to him."Daisy was my second cousin once removed, and I'd known Tom in college"He then goes on to further describe Tom:"Her husband, among various physical accomplishments, had been one of the most powerful ends that ever played football at New Haven"This conveys to us that Tom is very wealthy as he seemingly inherited his money. This contrasts with what we know about Gatsby, as he seems to be more 'nouveau-riche'. Following this it seems to the reader that Toms life has maybe come down to a disappointment, now that he's already experienced the best of what he can be. This is the first introduction to one of the key themes of the novel; dreams. This is interesting to the reader as we are keen to find out how the theme develops. When Nick states Tom had "brought down a string of polo ponies", when he left his home in Chicago to come to Long Island, this tells us that Tom has actually brought a ridiculously excessive and possibly unknown amount of ponies, purely because he doesn't need to know or care about how...

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