Literary Devices and Themes in The Great Gatsby and Other Works

American Dream

– The widespread belief that the United States is a land of opportunity and that individual initiative and hard work can bring economic success

– Example: The Great Gatsby


Alliteration

– Repetition of initial sounds

– Example: ‘With a faint, chill crimson in her cheeks’


Allusion

– An expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference

– Example: Carraway alludes to Midas and Morgan through the books he bought in the opening scene

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