Theme Of Jealousy In The Great Gatsby

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In a book about a tragic love story, one would not expect to find a deeper meaning behind the dangers of jealousy or peril of lust. However, in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, there is a deeper meaning beyond jealousy and love. In The Great Gatsby, the author uses an empathetic storyline as a symbol to unwittingly give a complex depiction of the nuisance that people create that not only destroy our world but our society and gives warning to what will occur if we continue the path of destruction. With this intention, the brilliant opinionated writer, expressed his opinion through symbols such as the characters he uses, the setting the story takes place in, and the objects he uses in the book. Foremost, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses characters to symbolize the diabolical traits within a person. For instance, Daisy 's husband, Tom represented pride. Tom was a despicable character throughout the book, he was conceited and arrogant to everyone around him. For example, Tom tells Nick that he is more masculine then he is and parades his house around boasting about his accomplishments and wealth (Ch 1. Pg 7). This then leads to the reader, through Nick’s eyes, to loathe Tom as the book goes on.…show more content…
The green light is across the lake from Gatsby’s house at the end of Daisy and Tom’s deck. Despite its proximity to Gatsby and the actuality of him never obtaining it, expresses the idea that people waste their time and effort -like Gatsby did with daisy throughout the book- but never reach their goal of the American Dream. So why all the commotion for such an unachievable dream? Why all the false hope? The author sees this dilemma and uses the book to show that not only is the American Dream unattainable, but it also accentuates the idea that if the American dream is ever actually achieved it loses its glossed over beauty, as shown by Gatsby’s despair (Ch 6. Pg
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