• Poetic language.
• Compares him to a character in Roman plays- “Trimalchio”, which represents wealth. page 113
• Pathetic fallacy e.g weather represents the mood within the chapter
• Scrambled chronology
• Confusion and dizziness e.g. novel conveys the giddiness of the twenties
- Tragedy within the chapter
• Because Nick is the narrator, we only learn what happens on the trip into New York in Tom’s car.
• For the first time, Gatsby shows some awareness of public perceptions of him. Previously, Gatsby has shown no interest in the numerous rumours concerning his reputation; however, with Daisy's frequent visits he must now exercise some discretion.
• A major development in this chapter is that Fitzgerald reveals how each of the characters knows or at least suspects what is going on with the others. This is not a society in which moral codes are strictly enforced or infidelities are shocking news. Although angry at his wife, Tom is certainly not shocked by Daisy's behaviour. Quite tellingly, Tom seems less opposed to the fact that his wife is having an affair than that she is having an affair with a man he considers to be low class.
• The confrontation between Gatsby and Tom depends upon the major motivations for each character. For Tom, the affair between Gatsby and Daisy is further proof of the decline of society and, more importantly, of social stratification. Tom's attacks on Gatsby are meant to expose Gatsby as a lower class fraud. He opposes his wife's affair because it sneers at family life and institutions ' the very institutions that place Tom at the apex of society. He even claims that the affair is a step toward the eventual collapse of society and "intermarriage between white and black." This is a remarkable shift for Tom, who moves "from libertine to prig" when it suits his needs. Tom obviously does not predict similar dire consequences stemming from his affair with...