Tom Buchanan Symbolism

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The novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald exposes the economic traps and social norms of the 1920s in through symbolism context and setting. Set in the 1920s, Jay Gatsby is a character that rose the poverty to millionaire status. He represents the new money during the 1920s. Tom Buchanan symbolizes old wealth. Daisy Buchanan represents a woman who marries for money, not love and regrets it her whole life. Myrtle is Toms Buchanan mistress and she represents a compromised, victimized stuck in limbo because of her social position. Nick Carraway narraters the novel as a neutral mid westerner who finds himself in the lurid east. He looses his equilibrium and dives into the vices of the east coast only to discover its moral emptiness symbolizes by the valley of ashes. …show more content…

Jay Gatsby is the character around which The Great Gatsby is written. He represents a whole hoard of people who recognize the opportunity to move from the rural life to high society. At a early age, he had a high opinion of himself which led him to depart from his impoverished family and starts the journey to a new life. Fitzgerald effetely proves that its possible to detach from the hopelessly poor, “His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people — his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all” Gatsby sought out something that his parents could never

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