Symbolism In The Great Gatsby

When looked up in the dictionary, it is states that symbolism is the art of relating something concrete that represents or suggests another thing that cannot in it self be represented or visualized. Authors use symbolism as a way of inserting special hidden message that would otherwise not be known. The novel The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald is rich in symbolism on all levels. The concept of symbolism is used in such a way as to blend in with the story and occur naturally. Through the use of symbolism, Fitzgerald is able to provide the reader with adequate information as to the personality traits of characters, social standings, place of residency, and their views on ...

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is described as having shades of red, white, and cream, and overlooking the bay. This portrays them as a member of an elite upper class. Snobbishly commenting on his house, Tom states, "I've got a nice place here"(GG5). In the beginning of the novel, the green light on Daisy's dock seen by Gatsby symbolized promise, hope, and renewal. But by the end of the novel, the wealth accumulated by Gatsby for the hope of reaching Daisy turns sour and this mutates that very same object into just a burning light at the end a dock (C20). The color yellow is also used to show cowardliness and as a sign of unhappiness among the people living the island.
The island of residence, just like the mainland is split up into two sections, the east and the west. The East Egg is a socially prominent and exclusive residential area. Eastern America, better known as the "seashore" was also a place where only the rich and established families resided. The people of East Egg are "old money", which means ...

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Added: 12/13/2006 08:42:29 AM
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