What Does Gatsby's Mansion Symbolize

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The Great Gatsby is one of the greatest American novels ever written. It has a wide variety of symbols that are portrayed in the book. One of the symbols that Fitzgerald portrays is Gatsby’s mansion. Gatsby’s mansion has a lot of meaning in this book. Gatsby’s house symbolizes an owner who does now know their true identity. No matter how big and draw dropping Gatsby’s mansion was, it still did not fulfill his happiness. Gatsby’s mansion can relate to his personality, emotions and how he tries to reinvent himself during the novel. Like when James Gatz turns into Jay Gatsby and slowly becomes one of the wealthiest men in the world. Gatsby was always trying to change himself so Daisy would notice him. “Turning a corner, I saw that it was Gatsby’s house, lit from tower to cellar” (81). Gatsby’s house was bright and everybody could see it at one moment and the next moment it wasn’t. “It was when curiosity about Gatsby was at its highest that the lights in his house failed to go on one Saturday night…” (113) Gatsby house changed just like his emotions changed. So Fitzgerald could be using the mansion to represent Gatsby’s attitude. Gatsby’s mansion can relate to the fakeness of Gatsby. Gatsby’s library was full of books that were actually real. “Absolutely real---have pages and everything. I thought they’d be nice durable cardboard. Matter of…show more content…
Gatsby had the biggest house in the West Egg and had everything he could dream of and it still didn’t satisfy him. The only thing that could satisfy him was Daisy. He wanted a bigger house than Tom and he wanted fancier and more expensive furniture than Tom because he believed that Daisy would love him again if we did. He revolved his whole life around one girl and it ruined him. The bigger house and fancier furniture did not win him Daisy, it lost him his life. Money is the root of all evil. Fitzgerald does a great job at showing how money cannot truly fulfill a

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