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IJLLL 2024 Vol.10(1): 75-79
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2024.10.1.488

The Synaesthetic Image of Daisy and the Philistine American Dream in The Great Gatsby

Qionglin Liu
School of Foreign Studies, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, China
Email: 18829573326 @163.com

Manuscript received August 16, 2023; revised September 20, 2023; accepted November 3, 2023; published February 8, 2024

Abstract—Fitzgerald’s representative work The Great Gatsby depicts the American society in the “Jazz Age” when materialism and consumerism prevail, reflecting the disillusionment of the American Dream. In the novel, Daisy is the embodiment of the American Dream, and her image is of great importance for a deeper understanding of the essence of the American Dream. In shaping and portraying Daisy’s image, synaesthesia that combines auditory and visual senses is widely used. Therefore, the theory of synesthesia is applied to analyze Daisy’s synaesthetic image from two perspectives of auditory field with colors and visual field with sound, and thus explore the essence of the philistine American Dream under the influence of materialism—it is seemingly beautiful and brilliant, but actually philistine, materialistic, morally corrupted and full of falsity.

Keywords—audition, female images, materialism, synaesthesia, the american dream, vision

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Cite:Qionglin Liu, "The Synaesthetic Image of Daisy and the Philistine American Dream in The Great Gatsby," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 75-79, 2024.

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