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COLORS OF THE GREAT GATSBY American Studies By Josh Marshall Great artists use many colors and shades to portray emotions and ideas. They use bright strong colors to give the feeling of warmth and happiness, and dark grayish colors to give the feeling of death and sadness. In the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald is the artist. He uses colors such as white, blue, and green to symbolize many different ideas and emotions in the book. The very first color used in The Great Gatsby is white. Fitzgerald used this color in one of the opening scenes at the Buchanan household. Daisy and Jordan are both clothed in gorgeous white summer dresses, lying on white couches, and in a...
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Colors can symbolize many different things. Artists use colors in their paintingswhen they want you to see what they are trying to express. Like if an artist is trying toexpress sorrow or death he often uses blacks blues, and grays basically he uses drearycolors. You automatically feel what the artist is trying to express. When the artist usesbright colors you feel warm and you feel happiness. In the novel The Great Gatsby, F.Scott Fitzgerald is like an artist. He uses colors to symbolize the many different intangibleideas in the book. He uses the color yellow to symbolize moral decay decadence anddeath. Then he uses the color white to symbolize innocence. He also uses the color greento...
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In the novel, The Great Gatsby, there is lots of reflection on symbolism, and especially colored symbolism. In this novel symbolism is a very important factor, it shows the difference between the different characters and scenes in the novel. The color green influences the story a lot. Green shows many thoughts, ideas, attitudes, and choices that Gatsby has throughout the story. White too plays an even more important role in the novel as it is used to represent some of the characters, it also talks about the drinking and the driving that happened, where the color green is more a symbol of the relationship between Daisy and Gatsby. This sort of symbolism reoccurs in different places throughout...
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Symbolism in The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby, uses symbolism throughout the novel to create the characters and events of the post World War I period. Colors are one way symbolism was used to develop the characters’ personalities and set up events. This is shown by colors like the green at the end of Daisy Buchannan’s dock, the color of Jay Gatsby’s car and how Myrtle and Jordan surrounded themselves by white. Other symbolisms used to set up events are the difference in the people of the West Egg and East Egg and the sign in the “valley of ashes”.
Daisy Buchanan has a green light at the end of her of dock on the other side of...
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Symbols are objects, characters, figures, or colors used to represent abstract
ideas or concepts. For example, a dove is usually used to represent peace. In the novel The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald uses a lot of symbolism to connect the characters with each other or to other objects. Fitzgerald’s use of symbolism helps advance his thematic interest in his novel of The Great Gatsby. 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.
One use of symbolism Fitzgerald uses is the green...
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The book, The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, deals with the issue of morals and humanity's errors. A lack of moral values and convictions within the characters of The Great Gatsby leads to their own downfall. As examples of humanity's wrongs, Fitzgerald uses the characters of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby represents the broken heart that cannot let go while Daisy gets caught in a glimpse of greatness and lacks any type of morals.Jay Gatsby exemplifies his peers by his goals in life and his integrity. Gatsby doesn't follow the laws of prohibition and he sells illegal alcohol through his drug store chain. Gatsby came east looking for another type of wealth- Daisy's love....
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Symbolism in The Great GatsbyBy Emily GiddensThe Great Gatsby is a piece of literature brimming with a cluster of different and intricate elements that aren't exactly what they seem. The objects symbolize something so much more than what meets the eye. You detect simpler ideas, such as the colors used in the story, the usage of cars, Gatsby's mansion, and the valley of ashes. All the while, you read about more elaborate symbols, like the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg, the green light on Daisy's dock, the East and West Eggs, and the entire novel in general. Symbolism is the key to create a story to be as marvelous as it can be. By using a plentiful amount of symbols, you can grasp a deeper...
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Symbol, as defined in the dictionary, is "Something that represents something else by association, resemblance, or convention, especially a material object used to represent something invisible", and plays a very important part in F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece The Great Gatsby. On the surface, it is a love story with a tragic ending, but if one looks deeper into the novel's many profound symbols and themes, one will find that it is a symbolic criticism of the corruption of the American dream and American society's moral decay. The author skillfully inserts many different kinds of symbols while unfolding the story, from colors, weather to objects, geographical locations, etc. As the story...
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The Great Gatsby Symbols
Throughout the book the Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, there are many examples of very simple things that have a deeper meaning or represent more than meets the eye. The book is narrated by Nick Carraway, and is about a man named Gatsby who throws huge parties where he doesn’t even make an appearance, all in an attempt to win back his lost lover Daisy who is married to Tom Buchanan. Gatsby is a big figure in the book and he uses many objects around him to represent his emotions and their status. The Great Gatsby, is full of symbolism, which is portrayed by the houses and cars in an array of ways.
In The Great Gatsby, Gatsby’s car makes many appearances...
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James Baldwin looked upon reality and illusion through the eyes of a great author. He saw that all authors live in reality, while everyone else lives in a sense of illusion, or not knowing the whole truth. He shows us that the author must question everything, breaking down the illusions that are set up by people and by our society. Baldwin shows that normal people don't question everything, and therefore are fooled by illusions may times. In The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald suggests many things about illusion and reality. I think that the strongest thing Fitzgerald suggests is that you create your own illusion, and with this illusion, you shape the person that you are. All of the rich people in...
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" We are living in a material world." This famous line in one of Madonna's songs entitled "Material Girl" will never outgrow itself. Ever since the beginnings of monetary means, the main focus of living is getting more money and to be as successful as possible. This became a huge issue during the 1920's. In this era, people made money from the stock market, illegal bootlegging and so forth. With these people hitting the jackpot, this then created a new rank called `new money'. This rank, however, never overpowered `old money' the most wealthiest, well-known and respected class. The possession of material wealth however, can't bring true happiness. Love is an important factor in this...
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Lies are a treacherous thing, yet everyone tells a few lies during their lifetime. Deceit surrounds us all the time; even when one reads classic literature. For example, F. Scott Fitzgerald makes dishonesty a major theme in his novel The Great Gatsby. The falsehoods told by the characters in this novel leads to inevitable tragedy when the truth is revealed.
Jay Gatsby, one of the main characters in the novel, fails to realize that when one tells a lie, it comes back to bite you. For example, he initially tells his neighbor, and potential friend Nick, that he had inherited his redundant sums of money from his family. One night, the night Gatsby reunites with Daisy, he and Nick are...
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The great Gatsby can be characterized as being one of the great American love stories of the 20th century. Love is a major theme throughout the novel, whether it is between Tom and Myrtle, nick and Jordan or Gatsby and Daisy. Although all the affairs in the novel seems tangled they are very different form each other.One of the affairs in the novel is the relationship between Tom and Myrtle. They met for the first time on a train when myrtle was going to visit her sister in New York. Tom rented an apartment in New York where he and Myrtle used to have parties. On one hand, Myrtle considers Tom as her ticket out of her miserable life. With his money, Tom could buy her anything she wanted even...
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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby demonstrates what Marie-Laure Ryan, H. Porter Abbott and David Herman state about what narratology should be. These theorists emphasize the importance of conflict, human experience, gaps and consciousness, among many other elements, in order for a story to be considered a narrative. The Great Gatsby shows these elements throughout the book in an essential way. This makes the reader become intrigued and desperate to know what will happen next. The Great Gatsby is unpredictable throughout the use of gaps, consciousness and conflict.
Nick Carraway, Fitzgerald’s narrator, relates Jay Gatsby’s story in a manner that is at once concise and indirect. These...
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Truth in The Great Gatsby
The Golden Age, a time when money was abundant. Wealthy
family's always demanded to impress others rather than living their own
life. How did wealth seem to develop with scandals and how would dreams
contribute to destiny? In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby"
Nick Carraway's great American dream was to controlled the truth in which
he lives his life.
Money is a motivating force for almost everyone, but not everyone
loses sight of who they are. Gatsby's house and parties were a part of the
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The 1920s were greatly influenced by prohibition. The prohibition law restricted the manufacturing, consumption, transportation, and sale of alcohol. The law was put into effect to lower the crime and corruption rates in the United States in the 1920s. It was also said to reduce social problems and lower taxes. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald examines the negative repercussions of prohibition on the economy, characters in the Great Gatsby, and on the different social classes of the 1920s.
Prohibition was passed to eradicate the demand for liquor but had the inadvertent effect to raise the crime rates in American. Robert Scott stated, “Prohibition was supposed to lower crime and...
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The Eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg In the story, The Great Gatsby, there is a set of eyes that are referred to several times. These eyes are merely a pair of eyes painted on a sign made by an oculist named Dr. T. J. Eckleburg. The eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg serve as an omnipresent being that watches over the city of Queens and all it's happenings. These eyes watch as Tom cheats on his wife with Myrtle. They see Myrtle get run over by Daisy, who was driving with Gatsby in his car. They helplessly watch as George goes to seek out Gatsby with a revolver in his hand. These eyes have a whole story to tell, which is The Great Gatsby.During the book, the eyes see Tom go out with Myrtle. Myrtle is...
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Materialism may be defined as attention to or emphasis on material objects, needs or considerations, with a disinterest in or rejection of spiritual values.
The acquisition of material wealth is often equated with happiness in this country. This is true today, and it was true during the 1920's, the setting of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. That the majority of Americans believe that wealth and happiness are the same is a result of our market economy that encourages consumption and conditions us to think that we need material possessions to be happy. According to Andrew Bard Schmookler, "Wealth and human fulfillment have become equated in the predominant ideology of liberal...
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Nick values himself based on his morals and character. All of which derives from advice his father told him when he was a child. Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages you’ve had” (1). Since then he has used this piece of advice in every way of his life, and it has altered the way he views people and situations. It has made him different than most people. Nick always tries to think rationally, and not let his emotions control his choices and opinions.
Unlike Nick, Gatsby is very controlled by emotions. He actually lets his feelings rule his life and he changes the way he thinks and the way he lives all for the...
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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is bursting with symbols and motifs. Looking deeper into these symbols will uncover the abstract and intangible themes and messages portrayed throughout the novel. The green light at the end of Daisy’s dock as well as T.J Eckleburg’s eyes overlooking the Valley of Ashes and the discrepancy between not only the characters of East and West Egg but the social class and standard of living they abide by. By uncovering all of these symbols and exposing them in their true light, a better understanding of the messages F. Scott Fitzgerald is revealing can be obtained. The confusion within the Great Gatsby can deciphered and straightened out. ...
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There are numerous examples of symbolism exhibited in The Great Gatsby. The three which I believe to be the most prominent and most crucial to the development of the novel are: cars, the green light, and the Valley of Ashes.Automobiles in "The Great Gatsby" were, I believe, the most widely used symbol throughout the entire novel. Cars, especially Gatsby's car, represented the extravagance and grandeur of the Jazz Age. Nick describes it as "a rich cream color, bright with nickel, swollen here and there in its monstrous length with triumphant hatboxes and supper-boxes and tool-boxes, and terraced with a labyrinth of windshields that mirrored a hundred suns" (Fitzgerald 63). Undoubtedly,...
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Symbolism is a very important prospect of a novel when it is used. Authors Often use symbolism to show different emotions and feelings that are being tossed around in a characters head. In the Novel, The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author uses different types of symbolism such as the green light, the Eyes of T.J. Eckleburg, The difference between West and East Egg, New and Old money, and the weather. I will be expressing all of these in detail.The first aspect of symbolism that the reader learns about is the green light. You find out about the green light at the end of chapter one. At first F. Scott Fitzgerald does not elaborate perfectly on what the green light means,...
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The great Gatsby gives us an accurate insight into the 1920s zeitgeist regarding the role of women in society. America was in a state of an economic boom and rapid change. Society had become less conservative after world war one. The role of women was revolutionary during this time and although women had a lot more freedom now; they were still confined to their sexist role within society; Men were still seen as the dominant gender. Scott Fitzgerald illustrates the extremities of gender and social class, and the lack of independence this brought upon women. This essay will discuss the three major female characters and the ideas that Fitzgerald confronts of female stereotypes of the 1920s.
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ResponsibilityThe character qualities of individuals has become a popular theme in literature. In F. Scott Fitzgerald's book, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald recognizes the conflict between wealth and responsibility. In the book the narrator, Nick, describes how two of the main characters, Tom and Daisy, use their wealth to hide from what the poor must face everyday. Tom and Daisy lived on the banks of the East Egg, where they enjoyed the finer things in life. And no matter what happened they always seemed to care only of themselves. In the telling of Tom and Daisy's actions, Nick also seems to implicate that, in general, people and society use their wealth to hide behind. Tom, Daisy, and...
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Symbols are always used in novels to help readers understand the story in-depth. In Francis Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, symbols are widely used for Jay Gatsby and George Wilson's character development. Symbols such as the area where these two characters lived, the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg, and the cars in this story were all used for this. This novel was filled with symbols and symbolism, which try to convey Fitzgerald's ideas to the reader. Symbols were constantly used in Fitzgerald's novel to help develop the characters of George Wilson and Jay Gastby.An important symbol was where Jay Gatsby and George Wilson lived, and how it symbolized their dreams. The people who lived in East...
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Is great Gatsby truly great? It seems so according to Nick Carraway, the narrator in the novel of “The Great Gatsby.” Nick has a moral background that allows him to judge Jay Gatsby accordingly. His descriptions did not only creates sympathy, but also made Gatsby, the outlaw bootlegger, somehow admirable. F. Scott Fitzgerald presented this ethical trick to expose people’s delusions about the American dream, and uses Nick to show sympathy for strivers.
At the roaring ages of 1920s, the booming economy brings up the notion of American dream. People chase the American dream in pursuit of happiness while some of them believe that wealth will fix everything in life. For the same reason,...
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In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, it is obvious that Fitzgerald patterned the novel after his life. There are many similarities between the people, events, and experiences in Fitzgerald's life that mirror those in the book. Characters such as Daisy, Gatsby, and Nick closely resemble people such as Zelda and Fitzgerald himself. Events which Fitzgerald himself experienced such as going to war, moving to the East, and gaining vast riches are also very similar to events that Fitzgerald would include in The Great Gatsby. Experiences such as heartbreak, poverty, and depression are also those which would stem from Fitzgerald’s life and later be incorporated into his novel The...
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Mike DiepENG4UMs. MendhamNovember 5, 2014TitleWealth and materialism is clearly shown with Fitzgerald's use of color gold. It appears throughout the novel of "The Great Gatsby" as a symbol of wealthiness and materialism. The author uses this color several times throughout this novel to construct a theme that the value of the American dream has been devalued from opportunities and success, to the pursuit of material goods. Fitzgerald's use of colors, especially gold, displays the degradation of value of the American dream to obtainment of materials and wealth. It is displayed by the contrast of gold and yellow, the lower and middle class trying to obtain materials with gold, and using gold in...
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Considered as the defining work of the 1920s, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was published in 1925, when America was just coming out of one of the most violent wars in the nation’s history. World War 1 had taken the lives of many young people who fought and sacrificed for our country on another continent. The war left many families without fathers, sons, and husbands. The 1920s is an era filled with rich and dazzling history, where Americans experienced changes in lifestyle from music to rebellion against the United States government. Those that are born into that era grew up in a more carefree, extravagant environment that would affect their interactions with others as well as...
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Gatsby`s True Colors
When people hear the words “romantic hero,” they imagine one of those fake characters from cheesy love stories, holding roses while kneeling below the heroine`s balcony. Gatsby is no better than those fake and desperate heroes because his love is untrue and obsessive. James Gatz, who is also known as Jay Gatsby, is a poor young man who acquires wealth for the purpose of gaining the love of a rich girl named Daisy. Gatsby lives and breathes for Daisy, the “nice” girl he loves, even though she is married to Tom Buchanan. Gatsby`s love may sound dedicated, but it is more obsessive because he lives in his dreams and will literally do anything to win Daisy`s heart. In...
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As far back as colonial times when the courageous Dutch sailors first saw the fresh green islands of New York, America has always promised prosperity and self-fulfillment in return for hard work and dedication. However, when World War I finally ended, the American Dream began to wither away. Americans became more interested in pursuing materialistic goals such as wealth and prestige and lost sight of the true purpose of the dream. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby is the ultimate symbol of this corruption. At first, his goals remain innocent and pure, however when he moves to New York, the greed of such characters as the Buchanans and Myrtle Wilson blinds him to the...
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When one thinks of flappers, the first thing that pops to mind is the image of a woman dressed much like Carey Mulligan in The Great Gatsby (2013), bobbed hair, white fringe low-waisted dress, flat-chested and highly made up face. In the 1920’s, after the first world war, women’s roles in society began to change because they became more independent, both in clothing and actions. They defied the well-known appropriate feminine behavior and along with those actions came new fashions. They refused to live up to any rules, whether from their husbands or their society. Today’s modern women are the reflection of the 1920’s women. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald appraises the changing...
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The Green Light in The Great GatsbyThe flashing light at the end of the dock across the water is first symbolically associated with Daisy. However, throughout the novel it gains new aspects and connotations, covering a full circle at the end of the novel. Throughout the novel the green light symbolizes various elements: Daisy's love, money, renewal, death, and American Dream.The green light is introduced in chapter one for the first time:He stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way... a single green light,minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock.The position of this green light reminds the reader of East Egg where Daisy Buchanan lives. Therefore, the...
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American literature is much different from literature most authors write today. American
literature has meaning and a sturdy purpose. Three words with important meaning in society appear in
American literature. The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or
restraint is the legal definition of freedom. Freedom allows people to express anything or do anything
they want to if it doesn't offend people and as long it isn't violating any rights of others. Without
freedom a lot of things would be stolen away from us. The state of being equal, especially in status,
rights, and opportunities is the legal definition for equality. Equality provides a safety...
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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.
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The desire to reinvent one's self may be attributable to numerous social considerations, including the financial status, social stance, and physical attractiveness of a person. Ultimately, the strive to become one with perfection manages to surpass more noble, realistic aspirations. The unrestrained yearning to construct an admirable identity causes us to loose our identity rather than enhance it. Jay Gatsby from F Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" and Tom Ripley from Anthony Minghella's "The Talented Mr Ripley" are two constructed examples of men who stop at nothing in order to undergo a transformation from being working-class strugglers to rich gentlemen. The longing to develop the...
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Colors are an essential part of the world around us. They can convey messages, expressing that which words do not. Gentle blue tones can calm a person and bright yellows can lift the spirits. If an artist is trying to express sorrow or death he often uses blacks blues, and grays basically he uses dreary colors. Without one word, a driver approaching a red traffic light knows to stop. Colors are representative of many things. In his novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses color symbolism throughout as a major device in thematic and character development. He uses colors to symbolize the many different intangible ideas in the book. Throughout the book characters, places, and objects...
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Moral Responsibility in GatsbyBang! Gatsby's dead! George Wilson shot Gatsby! However, who is morally responsible for killing Gatsby? The obvious answer would be George since he pulled the trigger. However, it is clear, if for no other reason than for the unimportance of George in the book, that others were also partly responsible. In The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tom, Daisy, and George are morally responsible for the death of Gatsby.Tom, because of his tattling on Gatsby, can be morally blamed for the murder of Gatsby. When George talked to him, Tom told George it was Gatsby's car that hit Myrtle, but he failed to mention that it was Daisy driving. Even though it was never...
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The Great Gatsby is a story with many aspects that are symbolic of deeper meanings. From the colors Fitzgerald associates with different objects to geographical locations, symbolism can be seen throughout The Great Gatsby.The most obvious of the symbolic colors in the story is the color green. It comes to the mind right away when Nick Carraway, the narrator, says that, "[Gatsby] 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 ... that might have been the end of a dock," (26). In fact it was at the end of Daisy's dock. The woman he...
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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald depicts a tragic love story between the main character, Jay Gatsby and his lover, Daisy Buchanan. Nick Carraway narrates about their love relationship tragically because only Gatsby shows his loves towards Daisy. Jay Gatsby is a young man who comes from poor family and he falls in love with Daisy, a wealthy, “the king’s daughter, the golden girl” (Fitzgerald 128). They have been separated for almost ten years as Gatsby goes off to war. While away from Daisy, he tries very hard to reach the American dream and be at the same social class with Daisy as there is no marriage between rich and poor people in the year back then. Jay Gatsby does everything...
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The Green Light in The Great Gatsby
The image of the green light in the novel Great Gatsby, by F. Scott
Fitzgerald, is a significant symbol which reflects Gatsby's dream and other
aspects beyond Gatsby's longing. Throughout the novel Fitzgerald uses many
other images or symbols. At first, it may seem very basic, but when the
symbol is closely studied, one may see the deeper meaning found within it.
Fitzgerald uses these symbols to make a point across to the reader. He
then uses this point and converts it into a deeper meaning, into a myth
about America. The green light mentioned in the novel clearly represents
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Illusion and Reality in The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a novel about one man's disenchantment with the American dream. In the story we get a glimpse into the life of Jay Gatsby, a man who aspired to achieve a position among the American rich to win the heart of his true love, Daisy Fay. Gatsby's downfall was in the fact that he was unable to determine that concealed boundary between reality and illusion in his life.
The Great Gatsby is a tightly structured, symbolically compressed novel whose predominant images and symbols reinforce the idea that Gatsby's dream exists on borrowed time. Fitzgerald perfectly understood the inadequacy of...
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Lying has deadly effects on both the individual who lies and those around them. This concept is demonstrated in The Great Gatsby. Although Gatsby, Tom and Myrtle have different motives for being deceitful, they all lie in order to fulfill their desires and personal needs. Myrtle’s desire to be wealthy is illustrated when she first meets Tom, dressed in his expensive clothing, as her attitude changes when she puts on the luxurious dress and when she encourages Tom to buy her a dog. Tom’s deception is clear when he hides his affair with Myrtle by placing Myrtle in a different train, withholding the truth from Mr. Wilson of the affair and convincing Myrtle and Catherine that he will one day...
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Outward Appearances in the Great Gatsby
In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby outward appearances are essential. They provide a glimpse at the artificial world inhabited by Jay Gatsby, a
product of his own imagination(Lehan,"the road to West Egg" 29) and Daisy Fay
Buchanan, the embodiment of glamour and wealth (Brewley 44), two characters whose
action thoroughly develops the plot, and two who have become so consumed by the
image they have created that they do not truly know their own identities. This
deceptiveness created by outward appearances is seen no more clearly than in the pictures
painted by Fitzgerald of Gatsby's "bewildering parties"...
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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby has been labelled a masterpiece, and perhaps even one of the greatest novels of all time. In order to be revered as a classic, a novel must have one or more qualities that place it above the rest. One of The Great Gatsby's best qualities is Fitzgerald's incredible use of realism. This realism is evident in the development of plot, setting, and characters throughout the novel.The Great Gatsby is well known for its deeply entangled plots and sub-plots. At first Fitzgerald used realism to develop these plots by choosing plots that would be beleivable to readers. For example, the main plot of 'The American Dream' (Jay Gatsby's dream of becoming rich and...
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Comparison and Contrast in The Great Gatsby
The success of Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is in part due to his successful characterization of the main characters through the comparison and contrast of Daisy Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson, Tom Buchanan and George B. Wilson, and Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby. The contrast is achieved through two principle means: contrasting opposite qualities held by the characters and contrasting one character's posititve or negative qualities to another's lack thereof. Conflict is generated when the characters sometimes stand as allegorical opposites. On the other hand, comparison of two characters is rather straightforward. This...
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This essay discusses the role of social mobility in The Great Gatsby. It argues that not all people can reach the highest social class, this is a class you must belong to from the beginning of life or marry in to. However, the characters are living the American dream which makes social mobility to the other social classes available. The essay addresses the American Dream, the difference in social class between the main characters and how some social mobility is unreachable.
There are two frames of values for social mobility in The Great Gatsby. One is the old values where origin is the most important feature for social mobility, this will be discussed with the theorys of Pierre...
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Symbolism in The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby is filled with symbols and symbolism, which try to convey Fitzgerald's ideas to the reader. The symbols are uniquely involved in the plot of the story, which makes their implications more real. There are three major symbols that serve very important significance in the symbolism of the novel. They are "the valley of the ashes," the reality that represents the corruption in the world, the green light of Daisy's lap that Gatsby sees across the bay and lastly, the symbolism of the East Egg and West Egg or more important the east and the west of the country.
The "Valley of the Ashes" is located next to the river, where railroad and...
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Many of the occurrences in The Great Gatsby produced far-reaching effects for several of the characters. Of these occurrences, one of the most influential and important incidents was the death of Myrtle Wilson. While her life and death greatly affected the lives of all of the main and supporting characters, her death had a very significant effect on the lives of Tom, Daisy, and Gatsby.
Tom knew Myrtle better than any of the main characters. He had met her on a train headed for New York. When the train reached the city, she went with him in a taxi, and their affair began. Tom never made much of an effort to keep their relationship secret. In fact, he almost paraded...
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Novelists are often concerned with exploring the confusions and complexities of social relationships. In the context, confusions refer to puzzling relationships, which are confusing to comprehend. Whereas, complexities relate to complicated and intricate issues. The different social relationships discussed in F.Scott Fitzgerald's novel, "The Great Gatsby", are business colleagues, lovers and married partners. The characters involved in these relationships consist of, Jay Gatsby, Daisy and Tom Buchanan, Myrtle and George Wilson, Jordan Baker, Mr. Wolshiem and Nick Carraway. Each character interacts with others, establishing either confusions or complexities within their social relationship.A...