Like a lot of other houses at East Egg it is built in Georgian Colonial style in the 18th century. This is a Neo-Classical style and refers to the architecture that was typical of the time of the English Kings George I III. The palladio motive was popular for these houses which means that they have colons. Moreover, the Buchanans’ mansion is inviting and welcoming and there is a close connection between it and nature.
To express this connection F. Scott Fitzgerald uses an extended metaphor and personification of the big lawn in front of it: “The lawn started at the beach and ran toward the front door [...], jumping over sun-dials and brick walls [...], finally when it reached the house [...]“(p.10,29ff.). An extended metaphor is an metaphor which is used in one passage and some lines later the writer uses it again. In this case the connection between nature and the house is an extended metaphor. In contrast to Gatsby’s mansion, the Buchanans’ house is completely in harmony with nature, the house and the lawn are perfectly fitting together. F.Scott Fitzgerald uses again an extended metaphor when he describes Jordan and Daisy. The two girls are described as if they were on a sailing boat: “The two young women were buoyed up [...], their dresses were rippling and fluttering [...]“(p.12, 4ff.).
By Vroni Hartung & Tina Suren