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used in The Great Gatsby

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distorted and unnatural in shape or size — especially in a disturbing way


ugly, gross, or very wrong
  • This is a valley of ashes — a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air.
    p. 23.3
grotesque = distorted
  • The most grotesque and fantastic conceits haunted him in his bed at night.
    p. 99.0
  • grotesque = distorted
  • I Couldn't sleep all night; a fog-horn was groaning incessantly on the Sound, and I tossed half-sick between grotesque reality and savage, frightening dreams.
    p. 147.1
  • grotesque = distorted and ugly
  • he found what a grotesque thing a rose is...
    p. 161.6
  • grotesque = distorted in a disturbing way (from what was imagined)

    (editor's note:  The grotesque rose can interpreted many ways. Most of them involve an idealized view of something being distorted in a disturbing way when seen objectively or negatively. For example, the rose could symbolized Gatsby's idealized image of Daisy. When she rejected him, the romantic influence fell away and he saw her for who she was—a disturbing distortion of his idealized version. Similarly the rose could symbolize Gatsby's love of Daisy. Or it could symbolize the American dream. Or...)
  • Most of those reports were a nightmare — grotesque, circumstantial, eager, and untrue.
    p. 163.6
  • grotesque = distorted and ugly
  • I see it as a night scene by El Greco: a hundred houses, at once conventional and grotesque, crouching under a sullen, overhanging sky and a lustreless moon.
    p. 176.6
grotesque = distorted in an unnatural way
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