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The Linguistic Style of F Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby As The New Lexicon Websters Dictionary of the English Language tells us linguistics is the scientific study of language or languages whether from a historical and comparative diachronic or from a descriptive structural synchronic point of view Linguistics is concerned with the system of sounds of language for example sound change phonology its inflections and word formation morphology its sentence structure syntax and its meaning changes semantics as well as other minor features such as grammar and spelling Linguistic style is what helps to separate one authors literary work from anyone elses it is the cornerstone of what makes an authors work unique and interesting When discussing any of F Scott Fitzgeralds many works one must first consider his infatuation with all things outwardly beautiful but inherently flawed In such pieces as Winter Dreams and This Side Of Paradise Fitzgerald turns a scrutinizing eye towards the glamorous decadence of circa 1920s America where young flappers would bounce from social situation to social situation looking for the ultimate good time While many of these socialites were blessed with the financial capacity to stay out all hours of the night party-going and drinking on the outskirts of this subculture were those who only longed to truly be a part of the in-crowd These were people like Fitzgerald himself upper-middle class citizens who worked the day away frittering away their hard-earned money on trinkets and status symbols so that by night they could briefly mingle with the ranks of the beautiful people These people were possessed with an almost unnatural drive to keep up with the Joneses to dedicate their lives to looking much better of than they actually ever could be These types of characters were Fitzgeralds favorite to use as narrators such as Nick Carraway the semi-innocent commentator and main character of the book I chose to analyze The Great Gatsby Perhaps the most
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