What Does Tom's Mansion Symbolize In The Great Gatsby

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Symbolism is an important aspect of the novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. There are quite a few examples of double meaning within this book. One of the most significant qualities of this piece is the symbolism and the clever, yet subtle, way it is presented throughout the book. Some of the symbols found on the surface are love, dreams, and hope, but there are also meanings which can only be discovered by digging deep. One specific symbol that is focused on throughout the book is Tom and Daisy Buchanan’s mansion. Tom and Daisy were wealthy people who lived in Long Island, and have a mysterious connection with Gatsby. Fitzgerald, uses their home to tell more about who they are. In The Great Gatsby, the house that belongs to the…show more content…
Their mansion’s location plays a key role in this. “Across the courtesy bay the white palaces of fashionable East Egg glittered along the water” (Fitzgerald 5) Nick, the narrator, explains where their home was. Tom and Daisy Buchanan’s home was located in an area commonly called East Egg. The types of people who found themselves living in East Egg were snobby, arrogant and traditional. That description perfectly envelops the Buchanan’s personalities. Since these characters lived in this area, it shows their money came from somewhere different from the common person. They had “Old Money” and did not have to work for it. It was simply dropped into their arms; unlike the origin of Gatsby’s wealth. Throughout the book, Tom and Daisy are repeatedly recognized for their substantial wealth. Because of this, they were instantly viewed as classy and respected residents of Long Island. They automatically had a status to uphold and keep up. Tom and Daisy are like the people who own a platinum élite membership compared to the regular membership. Because they hold that membership (in their case the wealth they inherited) they were viewed differently. The house they lived in, definitely shows
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