F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby is notable for it's
intricate patterns of imagery. Discuss.
Imagery in "The Great Gatsby" provides the book with a structure and
makes it more coherent. The imagery in this novel connects the
important characters as well as important aspects of symbolism. The
most prominent images in "The Great Gatsby" are all cleverly
One of the most significant images in "The Great Gatsby" is time. This
is because Gatsby's dream is about repeating the past. He wants Daisy
to erase everything that happened between her and Tom, "Just tell him
the truth, that you never loved him and it's all wiped out forever."
However, Daisy and Nick see that she can't always live up to his
aspirations. Nick comments, ' There must have been moments where Daisy
tumbled short of his dream, not through her own fault but through the
colossal vitality of his illusion."
Daisy is seen by Gatsby as being something almost immortal, due to his
illusions of her. The imagery used to represent her in "The Great
Gatsby" is therefore cosmic imagery; Daisy is the Golden Sun. The sun
is essential to life, just as Daisy is essential to Gatsby. Also, the
Golden Sun reflects Daisy's personality. "Golden" emphasises
materialism, an important part of the contemporary society. This
materialism, and general falseness of the contemporary middle classes
is evident at Gatsby's party. "Introductions were forgotten on the
spot, and enthusiastic meetings occurred between women who never knew
each other's names." Daisy is also a very extravagant character, "
here's my little gold pencil." Extravagance is also associated with
Gatsby is also associated with cosmic imagery. Fitzgerald represents
him with moonlight and starlight, " it was Mr Gatsby himself, come out
to determine what share was his of our local heavens." This also
demonstrates Gatsby's materialistic character, he doesn't...