Symbols In The Great Gatsby


The Great Gatsby is based on a man named Jay Gatsby and his
idealistic infatuation to a girl named Daisy that he met while he was young.
Gatsby was not of a wealthy family and therefore Daisy would not marry him.
Gatsby devoted his life to getting what he needed to win Daisy. After the
war Gatsby became a bootlegger to attain what he needed to win Daisy. In
the Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses various colors, objects, and
gestures as symbols to portray the lack of moral and spiritual values of
people and the different aspects of society in the 1920's. The colors
which are spread throughout the novel are green, white, gold, and others.
F. Scott Fitzgerald provides a social ...

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the end of Daisy's dock.

he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and far
as I was from him I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I
glanced seaward--and distinguished nothing except a single green light,
minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock. (Fitzgerald
26)

Throughout the novel Fitzgerald emphasizes the color green as a
promise of hope. Through Gatsby this promise is corrupted by the means
that he tries to attain it. By attaining material wealth to win Daisy,
Gatsby also shows the corruption of the American Dream.
In the beginning of Chapter Two, Fitzgerald describes the huge
billboard that watches over the Valley of Ashes.
The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic---their
retinas are one yard high. They look out of no face but, instead, from a
pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a nonexistent nose.
(Fitzgerald 27)
The gold or yellow rimmed glasses represent the ...

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