Theme Of Flawless In The Great Gatsby

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Symbolism: the use of words or objects to represent a greater idea or meaning behind something (dictionary.com). The books Flawless by Sara Shepard and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald can be compared to each other because of the elaborate parties and all of the drama that comes with them. Though the context can be easily compared, the writing styles however, are very different. Flawless is aimed to teenage girls simply for enjoyment purposes. The Great Gatsby, is stronger at using the literary devices to create more purpose in the book. Fitzgerald uses literary devices to achieve the theme to never lose hope in your dreams. The most obvious literary device is symbolism. For example, the green light that was always staring back…show more content…
Gatsby. In the book he wrote, “If it wasn't for the mist we could see your home across the bay... You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock” (Chapter 5, Fitzgerald). At this point in the book, Gatsby is talking to Daisy pointing out to her that he noticed the little light at the end of the dock, even though he couldn’t see it, he knew it was still there...just like the days where keeping hope was hard, he always had it. "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter — tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther...And one fine morning — So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past” (Fitzgerald 180). This quote was included in the book to open readers eyes as to how much this light symbolized this unending hope that Gatsby had for his relationship with Daisy. There wasn’t anything that anyone could say or do that would make Gatsby come down to reality about the truth of the matter; Daisy didn’t love him that way anymore. After the book's tragic plot twist, Nick sat down and thought about Gatsby and all of the things he had done but most importantly, his unending hope. “And as I sat…show more content…
The biggest object of symbolism is the how often secrets are shared but still managed to be spilled. Throughout the book there were often flashbacks to when Ally was alive. On page 143, she said “Friends share secrets, that's what keeps us close”(Shepard 143). At this point of the book, the girls are reminiscing on all of the times that they trusted Ally with their deepest secrets but were never successful at hearing hers. She kept to herself, leading a very closed life. The girls knew something was going on and as the book moves on, you later learn by the girls revealing all of the secrets they shared with Ally to each other, what really could have lead to Ally’s death. This is an important piece of symbolism in the book even though it isn’t quite obvious. It only becomes obvious to those who search it out. The whole book revolves around secrets and who's telling what. Lies after lies pile together because of one secret..why Ally went missing. Flawless contains the use of symbolism but does not make it as obvious as other books. As previously stated, both books do a good job using literary devices, The novel the Great Gatsby did a better job. Fitzgerald was able to use the green light as a symbol throughout the book but not be talking about this one thing all of the time. Sara Shepard was able to use secrets as

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