Examples Of Symbolism In The Great Gatsby

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The symbols in The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald is a highly symbolic book on 1920s America, in particular the fall down of the American dream in a period of materialism and idealism. And also, which was known as the Roaring Twenties. The book basically talks about a tragic story between Gatsby, a “New Money” gentleman and Daisy, a noble girl from “Old Money”. And also, the author tries to transform some ideas to the readers by using some symbolic examples, such as, the green light, Doctor T.J.Eckleburg’s eyes and Gatsby himself. Fitzgerald use The Great Gatsby to show the social situation of America and the real psychology of Americans. The biggest symbol in the book is the green light. “Involuntarily I glanced seaward-and distinguished nothing except a single green …show more content…

At that time, the green light becomes bleak because Gatsby is holding Daisy, it means he already reaches something so the green light is now just a normal thing for him. Next, the green light is also represents Gatsby’s powerful lure of success or money. “ And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and 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, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.”(Fitzgerald 180) Now Gatsby is died, his business, mansion, money and social positions are all lost. Moreover, Daisy is gone for good, and the only way the green light exists is Nick’s observation, and it is just a symbol and nothing else. We can see that the green light is something Gatsby believed in and it motivates him to toward the future, so the thing that Gatsby is always trying to reach is Daisy’s back and the lure of

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