Great Gatsby Symbolic Analysis

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Anyone can read a book, but not everyone can analyze the detail and symbols. In good writing, the symbols alone tell a story different from the one you are reading. Symbols in the Great Gatsby written by Scott Fitzgerald are the most important parts of the book. He made sure that every detail that he wrote, including the colors of things as simple as a light, symbolized something bigger. Colors, Gatsby's mansion, and The eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg were some of the major symbols in the book that had an outstanding meaning. Authors do not put in random details, usually the things that seem the most random are the most important and have the most meaning to them. In the book In Our Time written by Ernest Hemingway, it is not as easy to interpret…show more content…
This house represents the emptiness that Gatsby feels. He fills the house with people, who don't even know him, to try to satisfy the void in his life. He thinks that having Daisy back in his life will make that feeling go away, which is why he is trying to do everything to win her back. Gatsby would walk in his backyard at night and look at the green light outside of Daisy’s house. “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us” (Fitzgerald 149). This green light represents the hope that Gatsby has in life. The color green represents the money that Gatsby had wanted all his life. It also symbolizes the american dream, to be wealthy. He thought that if he was rich enough, Daisy would want him back. You could also look at the color as a traffic light. Green means go, so in Gatsby’s eyes, he could have seen the light as a sign to go and try to win back Daisy. The eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg were one of the strongest symbols in the book. In the Valley of Ashes, there was a billboard advertisement for an opthamologist. It was just emotionless eyes looking down on all of the citizens. Many people saw that board as if it was God…show more content…
In The End of Something, Nick and Marjorie are out fishing. “They aren’t striking” (Hemingway 32). While they are fishing, Marjorie says that the fish are feeding and Nick responds saying that they aren’t striking. Fishing symbolizes their feelings at that moment. When Marjory says that they are feeding, she is saying how she is ready for marriage and is waiting for someone to catch her bait. Nick, who is not sure if he wants to get married, says that the fish aren’t striking. He is trying to tell her that he doesn’t want to get married just yet. Soon after that scene, Marjorie breaks things of with Nick. In the story Cross-Country Snow, the conversation that Nick and George have symbolizes how much simpler men are than women. “ It's too swell to talk about” (Hemingway 109). When Nick mentions skiing, George responds with that quote. It seems that In Our Time is a constant struggle between masculinity and femininity. This conversation shows how men would rather not talk about everything and just sit there and have a simple conversation, while women would want to discuss everything in detail. In the short story Big Two-Hearted River: Part 1, the grasshoppers symbolize Nick and the other soldiers who fought in war. “These were just ordinary hoppers, but all in a sooty black color” (Hemingway 135). The grasshoppers have turned black and blend with the rest of the black environment. They symbolize the soldiers because after fighting
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