Symbolism In The Great Gatsby

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The novel The Great Gatsby was set in the 1920s tell the story of a man named Jay Gatsby. Throughout the novel, there are different symbols that show what life was like during the 1920s. Symbols can do many different things in the stories they can show, the theme or they can show what will happen in the novel or story. Symbols in the Great Gatsby like the valley of ashes and the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg shows, the theme of class diversity and the theme of what the American Dream was really like.
The valley of Ashes was a small industrial town that was on the way to the city the represents the working class. The valley of ashes can also symbols death. The valley of ashes was just what it sounds, it is very dirty and has “ashes” all over. This is showing what life is like as part of the working class. When F. Scott Fitzgerald introduced the valley of ashes as “a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hill” (Fitzgerald 23) this puts an image of wheat and then you can make that into ashes, that can help you envision what it is like as a member of the working class. The theme of class is a very strong throughout the novel and this shows that a class that people may overlook. The Great Gatsby talks a lot about the upper class because Gatsby is part of the upper class, but they have to cross through the valley of ashes to get to the city. The valley of ashes is also where Tom 's girlfriend is living so there is more time spent there when Nick, the narrator,

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