How Does The Valley Of Ashes Symbolize In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby is a symbol itself. The Great Gatsby was written to represent the rise and fall of the American Dream. The author symbolizes the rich and wealthy lifestyle on a higher level while he shows the fall of social decay with in the characters the characters. As each twist point is shown, the American Dream slowly falls apart in the selfish hands of those who remain ignorant to anything else in the world. The significance of the many symbolic elements in The Great Gatsby plays a role in revealing the underlying themes of the American Dream, the ongoing clash between love and wealth and social classes cause destruction. The Valley of Ashes, a small town between the West Egg and New York City, to symbolize the people that desire to …show more content…

T. J. Eckleburg, a billboard with fading eyes that symbolizes God judging American society as a moral and social wasteland. The Valley of Ashes was included to represent the morally destruction, to the materialistic society in which the characters live in, watched over by the pietistic eyes of T. J. Eckleburg, contributing in the destruction of the American Dream. Letha Audhuy describes the billboard of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg as "a new, but false god, who, the people believe, "sees everything". In America in the 1920s the new god was commercialism or materialism". The billboard symbolizes an outside viewpoint of the material-driven attitude of the 1920s, a main theme in The Great Gatsby. The symbolic meaning of T.J. Eckleburg was the connection between the main theme is viewed later in the novel when Daisy finds Gatsby similar to an advertisement, revealing that Daisy finds Gatsby attractive for the materialistic disguise he portrays. The author continues to reference the use of advertisement throughout the novel to emphasize how the materialistic attitudes of the American Dream are revealed. In relation to the characters, Gatsby's youthful imaginative "belief in her perfection is based more on the projection of his fantasies of her than on her actual character" connects to the immortal youth and wealth that advertisements portray, giving a clear explanation as to why Fitzgerald chose to stop the …show more content…

Within the book, the color symbolism reveals more details about the personality of the characters and the importance of the themes of the American Dream. The color white and brightly colored shades are connected to purity and innocence which is proven when Nick describes the inside of Tom's house as "bright" and the windows are "gleaming white against the grass". This particular color becomes connected with childhood, in relation to pureness, as Fitzgerald describes Jordan's "girlhood" as "beautiful and white". The color yellow, representing deceitfulness, is displayed through the author's use of imagery in The Great Gatsby. As the novel begins, Daisy and Jordan are wearing white dresses, giving the distinct impression of purity, but as the novel progresses, the color of their clothes changes to yellow while their impurities and moral imperfections are revealed. Green, as recognized with the symbol of the green light, symbolizes desperations of the future, a widespread attitude of the American Dream. In the first chapter, Gatsby is seen staring hopefully at the end of Daisy Buchanan's dock with "a single green light" connecting his unreachable desires with Daisy to the symbolic

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