How to Read Literature Like a Professor is a book that shows numerous ways and strategies to understand what their reading. Each chapter shows examples from books and use of literary devices that can help develop the meaning of the story. Think of this book as reading between the lines. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald used people to symbolize objects or things to let the reader have an interpretation on the characters. For example, the green light represents Gatsby's future for him and Daisy to be together. The green light is the most important symbol of the book because it has a meaning for many things. It also was interpreting the American Dream and money. Gatsby lived a poor life when he was younger and being in his situation now made him want to impress business and famous people, even Daisy. The first technique is used in chapter 10: Is That A Symbol? called allegories. Allegories are stories that reveal a hidden meaning. ¨Things stand for other things on a one-for-one basis (Foster 98).¨
One of the most significant and well known symbols throughout this novel is the green light. This green light is an allusion to Gatsby’s “American Dream” or Daisy.
The green light Gatsby is staring at across the bay reaching out towards the light. The green light is Daisy’s dock across the bay Gatsby stares at the light because he misses Daisy, she is his hope, his love, his everything he could ever want. Daisy is Gatsby’s dream he did everything in his life to get what Daisy would want so they could live happily ever after. “I went with them out to the veranda. On the green Sound, stagnant in the heat, one small sail crawled slowly toward the fresher sea.” This shows the deep desire to have a better life. In comparing the use of green in “The Great Gatsby” and the description of how green appears to most humans it’s obvious to see how Fitzgerald uses this color for envy and
American dream is what everyone strives for, but as people try to pursue the dream, it starts crumbling down and full of corruptness. In the novel The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a young man name Nick narrated the story for a mysterious character who is wealthy name Gatsby. Every character lives a luxurious life of the American dream, but in reality, there is no American dream as it is not obtainable. Gatsby has a goal to love Daisy, but he is stuck in time where he is proceeding the old Daisy as the current Daisy. Gatsby would look outside out from the dock and see a green light on the Daisy side, which is on the East Egg. Daisy has no interest in him, only for his wealth. Valley of Ashes is filled with people who are living in poverty and Tom usually goes by to pick up Myrtle and let her live lavishly. Tom framed Gatsby killing Myrtle to save Daisy from going to jail. This has cause Myrtle’s husband to kill Gatsby. By the use of nature,
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses the colors green, red, and white throughout the novel to show symbolism that relates to the theme of the novel, the American Dream. The use of the colors are significant because each color symbolizes something different.
In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, symbolism is very important all throughout it. Not only does he use objects to show symbolism, but he also uses color symbolism to prove the importance of the theme and development of the characteristics in the Great Gatsby. Color symbolism brings out the visual of the story, so readers can picture it in their mind as they are reading. Fitzgerald took the colors to an advanced level by using key colors to help further deepen the meaning of the book and its characters. Although there are many colors in the novel, Fitzgerald uses the colors green, white, and yellow to symbolize Gatsby’s emotions and riches.
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, deploys color symbolism in order to further develop characters and the plot. Fitzgerald’s use of color symbolism within The Great Gatsby not only defines the characters but adds depth to them. The most recognized color within the novel is “the single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock” (26). In addition to the green light, there are many other colors within the novel that embody characters, objects, and ideas. The most significant and memorable colors, other than green, are white and yellow, both of which are intertwined in Fitzgerald’s fictional world of materialism and scandal. The colors white, yellow, blue, and green shape the novel’s characters and plot, resulting in a vivid story of love and blind pursuance.
The American Dream is the opportunity for all Americans to live a life of personal happiness and material comfort, but is it actually achievable? F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, is a story of characters working hard to achieve the American Dream, but ultimately they are unable to ever realize their perfect life. The novel makes a strong naturalism argument about the rigid class system in society and the disillusionment of the American Dream.
In the book “The Great Gatsby,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, colors have been used to represent the character’s unapparent and underlying thoughts, feelings, status and class. Through the motif of colors, Fitzgerald depicts the feelings of the character as he refers to a specific color while describing each one of them. The colors make a deep impact on the readers as they contain a profound meaning throughout the novel. There are around five main colors in the novel appearing frequently: white, yellow, green, blue and grey, which help the novel look more gaudy and idealistic.
In the novel The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald illustrates society in the 1920’s and the desire for the people with in it to achieve the American Dream, which embodies the hope that one can achieve power, love and a higher economic/social status through one’s commitment and effort. The novel develops the story of a man named Jay Gatsby and his dream of marrying what he describes as his “golden girl”, also known as, Daisy Buchanan, his former lover. Fitzgerald explores the corruption of the American dream through the Characters; Myrtle, Gatsby and Daisy.
In The Great Gatsby, there are several important symbols, but a main symbol is the green light. In the book, The Great Gatsby, the green light represents Gatsby’s dream, Daisy. The green light also represents the desire of society to achieve “the American dream.” This desire is far fetched. Later in the book, the reader can see that Gatsby’s love for desire for Daisy is a desire for the past. Daisy and Gatsby met five years ago, and they fell in love. At the time, Daisy symbolized and represented high status and wealth in society. Everyone in town wanted to be with Daisy, and Gatsby thought that if he had Daisy, then he would be considered worthy.
A symbol in a novel is a concrete object that represents an idea or a set of ideas. Choose 3 symbols in the book and explain what they mean and how they function together to support a central theme.
Color is everywhere. Although color may not seem important, they might have a greater, deeper meaning. Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, is set back in the Roaring 20’s, when the economy was booming. A newly rich man named Jay Gatsby is one of the richer people in this time that enjoys his money. He throws overgenerous parties, hoping that the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan, attends. Gatsby’s life is filled with various colors which signify the messages Fitzgerald is trying to convey. Color symbolism plays an important role through the novel, The Great Gatsby.
Arguably one of the most complex works of American Literature, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald displays a satirical United States taking place in the early twenties in New York. The roaring twenties often portrayed a happy time immediately following World War 1 however, it gave off a false feeling of joy and many people were truly unhappy. Even though Nick Carraway shows a realistic image of himself, The Great Gatsby encompasses an illusion created in this time period and portrays this image through the atmosphere surrounding the actions of its characters; it ultimately shows a conflict against reality, identical to that to the early 20th century.
The green light is the light located at the end of Daisy’s dock. It symbolizes Gatsby’s hopes and dreams and represents everything that would likely to stand in Gatsby’s way: distance between Gatsby and Daisy, and the gap between the past and the present. The reason Gatsby decided to become rich was to attract and get Daisy. Like the green light across the water, it seems so close, but so far away. In the beginning of the book, we can see that Gatsby is the one who is grasping for the light. However, as now Gatsby is dead, Nick visits the porch and looks across the water. Green light will still exist because Gatsby is not the only one who always try hard to reach dreams. It applies to the era of the whole book (1920s), and to us. People during the 1920s had the dream to become rich from the “American dream”, and we too, will also have dreams we would like to