The Great Gatsby Figurative Language

“My own house was an eyesore.” metaphor
“…she smiled slowly…” alliteration
“I’m paralyzed with happiness.” hyperbole
“The lawn started at the beach and ran toward the front door…” personification
“…the groan of a picture…” personification
“I’ve been drunk twice in my life, and the second was that night.” foreshadowing
” Most of the time I worked. In the early morning the sun cast my shadows westward as I…” flashback
“Boom of the bass drum…” onamatopoeia
“I’m pretty cynical…sophisticated-God, I’m sophisticated!” characterization
“So with the sunshine and the great ‘bursts of leaves’ growing on the trees…” imagery
“half acre of deep, pungent roses, and snub-nosed motor-boat that bumped the tide offshore.” imagery
“They stood on my shelf in red and gold like new money from the mint.” simile
“Blew curtains in at one end and out the other like pale flags.” simile
Tom and Myrtle in love, but both are married to people they really do not love. They want to be together, but stay in separate relationships. irony
Nick (narrator) claims that he and Gatsby are good friends, but scarcely knew Gatsby. irony

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