” He then modulates it in his next lines, where he gives a somewhat two-sided opinion of Gatsby. In terms of Gatsby, the important dichotomy is between the public and private persona.
Accordingly, the duality of J Gatsby is revealed through the centrality of Carraway.
“If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him.
” Carraway negatively continues, but towards the end of this quote, there is a sort of irony in the word “gorgeous”.
Fitzgerald gets across his character by using a chain of words which represent his personality.
Words like “levity” establish his lightness of tone and humour.
It is introduced to the readers that Carraway is humble, open and receptive because of the philosophy that has been passed down to him from his father.
He seems quite tolerant and reveals a very pleasant personality.
The ideal of a “creative temperament ” was used to convey signs of weakness in Gatsby’s character; the myth of Gatsby’s story was recognized at the end of this paragraph, and it is illustrated that what happened to Gatsby closed off Carraway’s interest in the human condition.
Fitzgerald does this by creating a sense of sympathy with emotive language and imagery in his writing- it was “what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out his interest…