Foreshadowing and Flashback Two Writing Techniques That Make Fitzgerald A Great Writer. Speaks of "The great Gtasby"

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'Suppose you met somebody just as careless as yourself.' 'I hope I never

will,' she [Jordan] answered. 'I hate careless people. That's why I like you.' '

(Fitzgerald, pg. 63) Jordan is explaining to Nick how she is able to drive badly as

long as everyone else drives carefully. This quote represents the writing technique of

foreshadowing, which is being used in one of its finest form. Fitzgerald is

foreshadowing to chapter seven in the "Great Gatsby" where Daisy kills Myrtle Wilson because of her reckless

driving. Fitzgerald uses foreshadowing to strengthen the plot of his book. In chapter

nine, Nick begins to recall the past and relive his old memories. His must relieve his

lingering thoughts of the past. During the chapter, Nick uses a flashback to tell about

Gatsby's funeral for the readers to know what happen the day Gatsby was shot. Flashback

in The Great Gatsby also helps to give the reader background information about the

characters. In The Great Gatsby, the structure of the novel is influenced by

foreshadowing and flashback.

Fitzgerald utilizes foreshadowing to the best of its ability to help organize

the novel. 'Luckily the clock took this moment to tilt dangerously at the pressure of

his head, whereupon he turned and caught it with trembling fingers and set it back in

place. 'I'm sorry about the clock,' he said. 'It's an old clock,' I told him

idiotically.' (Fitzgerald, pg. 92) This quote is the first use of foreshadowing which

is in chapter five. It pertains to all of the trouble Gatsby causes as he tries to win

Daisy back. The past is represented by the clock and how Gatsby wants to repeat it with

Daisy. (Eble, pg. 963) This quote foreshadows to the end of the novel when Nick is left

to tell...