Gatsby vocabulary and literary terms

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grotesque

excessive, or strikingly odd

pomp

magnificent display

labyrinth

a maze

symbol

an object that represents something more than just itself

condescending

lowering oneself to a level considered less dignified

situational irony

actual outcome is different from expected outcome

peremptory

cruel; destructive

ascertain

to learn with certainty; to find out

tumultuous

marked by violence

defunct

dead or broken

complacency

a smug satisfaction with one's self

contiguous

touching or next to

modish

stylish or fashionable

exposition

the information needed to understand a story, includes background info and character descriptions

pander

one who acts as a go between in sexual intrigues

aesthetic

appreciative of or responsive to what is beautiful

irreverent

disrespectful

verbal irony

what is said is the opposite of what is meant

dramatic irony

the reader or certain characters are aware of something unknown to another character and this lack of knowledge affects words or actions of that character

disconcerting

upsetting

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