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Foreshadowing and Flashback Two Writing Techniques That Make Fitzgerald A Great Writer by Jonathan Werne Suppose you met somebody just as careless as yourself I hope I neverwill she Jordan answered I hate careless people Thats why I like you Fitzgerald pg 63 Jordan is explaining to Nick how she is able to drive badly aslong as everyone else drives carefully This quote represents the writing technique of foreshadowing which is being used in one of its finest form Fitzgerald isforeshadowing to chapter seven where Daisy kills Myrtle Wilson because of her recklessdriving Fitzgerald uses foreshadowing to strengthen the plot of his book In chapternine Nick begins to recall the past and relive his old memories His must relieve hislingering thoughts of the past During the chapter Nick uses a flashback to tell aboutGatsbys funeral for the readers to know what happen the day Gatsby was shot Flashbackin The Great Gatsby also helps to give the reader background information about thecharacters In The Great Gatsby the structure of the novel is influenced byforeshadowing and flashback Fitzgerald utilizes foreshadowing to the best of its ability to help organizethe novel Luckily the clock took this moment to tilt dangerously at the pressure ofhis head whereupon he turned and caught it with trembling fingers and set it back inplace Im sorry about the clock he said Its an old clock I told himidiotically Fitzgerald pg 92 This quote is the first use of foreshadowing whichis in chapter five It pertains to all of the trouble Gatsby causes as he tries to winDaisy back The past is represented by the clock and how Gatsby wants to repeat it withDaisy Eble pg 963 This quote foreshadows to the end of the novel when Nick is leftto tell the story of the dreamer whose dreams were corrupted Eble pg 963 they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back intotheir money or
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