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20 terms

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