Introduction to Selected Quotation:
This excerpt is fromchapter two, during the party at Tom`s apartment in New York City. They`re all sitting around gossiping and discussing unsubstantial subjects, meanwhile drinking a lot of whisky and other drinks. Nick islistening and sometimes contributing, but mainly just sitting with the group in a detached manner; taking the whole scene in.
“I wanted to get out and walk eastward toward the parkthrough the soft twilight, but each time I tried to go I became entangled in some wild, strident argument which pulled me back, as if with ropes, into my chair. Yet high over the city our line of yellowwindows must have contributed their share of human secrecy to the casual watcher in the darkening streets, and I was him too, looking up and wondering. I was within and without, simultaneouslyenchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.” (pg. 35)
Analysis of Quotation:
In the above quotation Fitzgerald utilizes figurative languages to relay his message. He uses simile todemonstrate how difficult it was to escape from the unfortunate situation he was in “each time I tried to go I became entangled in some wild, “strident argument which pulled me back, as if with ropes,...