The Theme of Materialism in The Great Gatsby

The Theme of Materialism in The Great Gatsby

Every now and then I have to write down everything we discussed in order to figure out exactly what we said. Last Friday we listed several people, places, and symbols that contributed to the theme of materialism in The Great Gatsby. Here is what we came up with so far:

Materialism
- The women (Daisy Fay Buchanan, Myrtle Wilson, Jordan Baker, Ella Kaye)
• The pearls (worth $350,000) that Tom gives Daisy.
• Myrtle’s dog, dress, and things to buy (the dog collar will become an important symbol in chapter 8)
• Jordan cheats at golf (Why? So what?)
• Ella Kaye steals Gatsby’s inheritance (Think of Anna Nicole Smith)
- The main places on ...

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- Gatsby’s lavish parties (Look at the beginning of chapter 3 and chapter 4)
• Bathing in champagne
• Imported citrus fruit
• Hydroplane/aquaplane
• Two motorboats
• The juice machine
• 8 servants
- The Eyes of T.J. Eckleburg
• Blue eyes surrounded by yellow spectacles
• Every character must pass under the eyes of Eckleburg in order to go to New York
• The billboard is right across from George Wilson’s garage
- Important colors
• Blue (Eckleburg’s eyes, Tom’s car, Gatsby’s garden, . . .)
• Green (The light at Daisy’s house, money, James Gatz’s jersey in chapter 6 . . .)
• Yellow (Gatsby’s car, Daisy, Eckleburg’s spectacles)

- Other symbols related to the theme of ...

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Added: 3/31/2012 09:40:02 PM
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