The Great Gatsby


Writers use figrative languages such as imagery, similes, and metaphors to help readers visualize and experience certain elements in the text. Often times, figurative language is just to reinforce tone, mood, asnd theme. Find two examples of figurative language in chapter 5 and dicuss how they connect to the theme of the work.

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Nick describes the restless Gatsby as "running down like an over-wound clock." It is significant that Gatsby, in his nervousness about whether Daisy's feelings toward him have changed, knocks over Nick's clock: this signifies both Gatsby's consuming desire to stop time and his inability to do so.


An hour later the door opened nervously and Gatsby hurried in.

This gives us a sense of Gatsby's anxiety and stress.