Fall Of American In Great Gatsby

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The Fall of American DreamsF. Scott Fitzgerald wrote the novel The Great Gatsby in 1925, at this time America was still young and growing so everyone was creating new lives. Gatsby attempts to live out the American dream in the 1920's, which is what many people attempts to achieve in doing so, Nick sees that Gatsby becomes corrupt. F. Scott Fitzgerald shows a great deal in the decline of moral culture in the novel The Great Gatsby. Throughout the story, we see the downfall of the ideal image of the American Dream during the 1920's. Symbolism in Doctor T.J. Eckleburg, Valley of Ashes, the green light and money to shows that the theme that the great United States no longer exists.The use of symbolism comes into effect many times within the novel The Great Gatsby. The eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg play an important role in the novel numerous times. Every time that Dr. T.J. Eckleburg is mentioned, there is a moral conflict with a character in the valley of ashes. The billboard represents that the eyes of God and that he sees everything that happens even in the valley of ashes. The readers are first shown of this giant billboard when Tom and Nick go into town to see Myrtle, who is the woman that Tom is cheating on his wife Daisy, with. The eyes gazing down shows the lack of moral belief and respect that comes in being unfaithful with his wife. The bill board of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg reappeared when George is talking to Myrtle. "God knows what you've been doing, everything you've been doing. You may fool me, but you can't fool God!" (page. 152) George believes that the billboard is God, looking down upon the valley of ashes, seeing everything. With all the events that happened under there watch of the great eyes of Dr. T.J. Reader's prospective is that by the end of the novel God does not have an important role in these lives of the rich and the poor in the valley of ashes because it seems that God has no presence in the valley of ashes.One of the other significant symbols is the green light that Jay Gatsby also known as James Gatz is always reaching for. This represents his dreams as a protagonist in The Great Gatsby. Gatsby is reaching for his goal which is Daisy the woman that he loves and who loved him."Gatsby's wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy's dock....his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him." (page. 162)This shows the reader that the green light represents Daisy but that it is too late for him to achieve his goal. One conflict that occurs between Gatsby and himself is that well Gatsby is away he continues to imagine and build up his image of daisy. "No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what man will store up in his ghostly heart"(pg. 92). Nick believes that even though daisy is moving on Gatsby only remember from his past what he remember of Daisy. While Gatsby is at war daisy still love Gatsby but get attacked to Tom. Gatsby...

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