Social Class And Symbolism In The Great Gatsby '

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F. Scoot Fitzgerald has intrigued his audience with a story of a hopeless romantic who was known by many and loved by few. In the Great Gatsby we are introduced to the main character James Gatsby. He desperately tries to complete his life based on a mere illusion of love. In both the film and book we are able to see how the author portrays different aspects of Gatsby’s life. In the film version (2013) and novel we are able to see how Social Class and symbolism are similar but differ in characterization.

For the most part the movie and film depict the importance of social class. Social class is the category of people with similar economic and social status. Having money and having a proper education meant you were from elite status in the Great
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Symbolism is an object that is given an important meaning. In both the film and movie Gatsby is seen desperately reaching out to the green light on Daisy's dock. A symbol of many meanings, the Green light may represent Gatsby’s undying love that yearns for Daisy. Maybe it could represent the need to maintain his money in order to maintain his image of wealth. There is no specific meaning of this light but in both the movie and film we see the importance of this symbol. Even Nick does not understand Gatsby’s gesture when it comes to this light on Daisy dock. Nick states “Involuntarily I glanced seaward--and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock. When I looked once more for Gatsby he had vanished, and I was alone again in the unquiet darkness.” This object is a mystery to Nick and he does not understand why Gatsby stares out to sea for this small object. Even though it may not hold any significance to Nick it means a whole lot to Gatsby as we see throughout the book. As the novel continues we see the green light lose its significant meaning to Gatsby. As Gatsby holds Daisy he expresses, "If it wasn't for the mist we could see your home across the bay," said Gatsby. "You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock…It had seemed as close as a star to the moon. Now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one.” Gatsby speaks on how he could see the green light nightly across the bay. But in that moment Gatsby loses himself with the thought of how the green light is nothing more than just a regular light. Because he is actually standing there holding Daisy it seems to him that he no longer needs to stretch his arms out towards the light. He has what he was longing for and the significance of this symbol holds no more meaning to

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