The Placement Of Foreshadowing In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

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In the world of writing, novelists tend to place many literary devices to present the audience reading with a notion regarding a particular person, place, or thing in their novel. As literary devices can be intentionally installed as well as unintentionally, authors tend to leave it up to the audience to decide whether or not it was a choice or just a coincidence. In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, many literary devices can be noticed, but the idea of foreshadowing particularly raises attention. Foreshadowing can be defined as a warning or indication of a possible future event. In The Great Gatsby, this literary device can be seen throughout the novel as a hint leading to events that would later occur. Foreshadowing in this novel has been presented in various cases that would result in a good or bad outcome. In The Great Gatsby, phenomenal moments of foreshadowing can be seen in the novel's pathetic fallacy, the actions or statements made by characters, and Gatsby's notion of being able to recreate the past.
Within The Great Gatsby, foreshadowing by pathetic fallacy has taken the role of representing a future change through nature. There have been many times in the novel where pathetic fallacy has revealed the future outcome of a situation. From pathetic fallacy, the majority of the hints have come from the weather. In The Great Gatsby, the weather has symbolically given the emotional ideology that a character's inner thoughts or feelings mirror the setting in the story. At the start of many of the chapters, the weather has represented a situation or dispute that would come to a conclusion able to be previously seen by foreshadowing. In chapter five, when the impatient Gatsby and the observant Nick await Daisy's arrival, it is currently raining. At this point, the rain is representing the nervousness lying within the character Gatsby. When thinking about rain or when it is actually raining, it tends to bring out a depressing side or puts a slump in a persons emotions. Rain will even sometimes restrict the capability of some sort of act. Using foreshadowing, it is easy to identify the transition Gatsby makes when Daisy appears. When thinking of the weather, what usually appears after rain is the beautiful breeze and extravagant sun. The warmth of the sun tends to put people at ease and creates a moment where they can be clear minded. Gatsby was able to overlook his nervous state and remind Daisy of who he was before when they first met. This change in the weather mirrors the loosening of tension between Gatsby and Daisy. Pathetic fallacy also takes place in chapters seven, and eight. During chapter seven or the hottest time of the summer, Gatsby confronts Tom about the love he and Daisy have found again. This being the hottest day of the summer does not seem to be a coincidence. During extremely hot weather, people tend to get stressed and fed up quicker. In this case, the heat intensifies the existing tension between Tom and Gatsby as...

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