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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Characterization of Jay Gatsby Direct Characterization Definition: Direct details of the character's personality Indirect Characterization Definition: Authors show things about characters that reveals personality Aspects:- speech/dialogue-others' reaction to characters-character's actions-describe a character's appearance/manner IndirectSpeech/Dialogue "Well,--he told me once he was an Oxford man." -Presents the smart and well educated image thatGatsby makes of himself "I am the son of some wealthy people in the middle-west---all dead now. I was brought up in America but educated at Oxford because all my have been educated there for many years. It is a family tradition." -Rumors have established a frightening and mysterious image of Gatsby "Somebody told me they thought he killed a man." "I'm scared of him. I'd hate to have him get anything on me." -Catherine -Shows frightening and mysterious image that people have of Gatsby. -Reveals that Gatsby is aware of all the rumors and images that people have of him. He then creates another image of himself with the story that he tells Nick IndirectApperarance and Manner "[...] Gatsby who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn." -Gatsby's personality represented everything that Nick scorned "[...] spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool and more than forty acres of lawn and garden.It was Gatsby's mansion." -shows how luxurious and wealthy Jay Gatsby is "It was a rich cream color bright with nickel..." -Description of Gatsby's car shows his wealth "His tanned skin was drawn attractively tight on his face and his short hair looked as though it were trimmed every day." -Shows that Gatsby takes good care of himself, presents a good image of himself, responsible IndirectOthers' Reactions to Characters "You must know a Gatsby." -Shows that Gatsby is popular in society, everyone knows him "Sometimes they came and went without having met Gatsby at all..." -People don't know Gatsby personally, mysterious "As soon as I arrived I made an attempt to find my host" -Shows that Gatsby is a mysterious figure, nowhere to be found "I had expected that Mr. Gatsby would be a florid and corpulent person in his middle years." -Shows that there are so many images of Gatsby that people have, no one really knows who Gatsby is until they meet him IndirectCharacter's Actions "There was music from my neighbor's house through the summer nights." -Shows that Gatsby likes to party frequently, likes to please his guests "He was never quite still; there was always a tapping foot somewhere or the impatient opening and closing of a hand." -Showed that Gatsby's dishonesty made him anxious and nervous, scared to be caught in a lie "He excused himself with a small bow that included each of us in turn." -Showed that Gatsby was a very polite and respectful man "[...] Gatsby began leaving his elegant sentences unfinished and slapping himself indecisively on theknee of his caramel-colored suit." -Gatsby like any human being stumbles upon his own lies, nervous when lying Direct Characterization "[...] a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again" -Specifically tells us that Gatsby was a charming guy, he was one of a kind "This fella's a regular Belasco." -Specifically compares Gatsby to Belasco, a play producer. This reveals that Gatsby's life is all show. "[...] I was looking at an elegant young rough-neck, a year or two over thirty, whose elaborate formality of speech just missed being absurd." -Direct description of Gatsby's appearance that tells us that he is elegant "He's a bootlegger..." -Specifically tells us that Gatsby might be a bootlegger, a criminal
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