The Great Gatsby Dust Analysis

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Nick uses the phrase “foul dust” which shows up many times throughout the book. Dust is a symbol of unachievable dreams and as much as Gatsby dreamed to get daisy back, his dream was unachievable. Later in the book Nick goes with Tom to visit his mistress (Myrtle) and he describes the town and the people as full of dust. At the end of the book when myrtle dies; nick states, “Myrtle Wilson, her life violently extinguished, knelt in the road and mingled her thick dark blood with the dust” (55). Myrtle tried to get away from her past of being poor but even when she died the dust representing her unachieved goals still followed her. Next Nick uses the terminology “wake of his dreams” Gatsby never fully reached his dreams and Nick mentions this
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