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The Great Gatsby- Diction and Selection of Detail The Great Gatsby written by F Scott Fitzgerald uses a specific choice of words along with selection of detail to develop the characters of Tom Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson This essay will cite specific examples that correspond to Fitzgeralds use of diction and details Although this passage does not emphasize on Tom Buchanan his character is developed through the use of literary techniques Toms character speaks three times during the course of this scene and all three times his words make him sound as if he is superior to everyone Its a bitch said Tom decisively Heres your money Go and buy ten more dogs with it Page 28 In this quote diction and a specific choice of words is apparent through the use of the word decisively Using this word creates the feeling that Tom is authoritative and commanding This citation also serves as an example of Toms mannerisms throughout the novel He speaks to an elderly person with contempt by telling him that he is wrong and that he should buy ten more dogs with the money he gives him A parallel can also be drawn between Myrtle and the dog in that he looks at the dog in the same degree of importance as Myrtle Toms lack of patience can also be seen in his retort to the old mans answer Another citation which serves to magnify Toms superiority over others in the novel is when Nick tries to leave Tom and Myrtle No you dont Tom interposed quickly Myrtlell be hurt if you dont come up to the apartment Wont you Myrtle Page 28 Yet again this citation serves to demonstrate Toms commanding personality More specifically he answers for Myrtle as if she couldnt have answered herself As a result of Fitzgeralds effectual use of diction and word choice the passage is able to effectively develop Toms character Toms
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