What Does West Egg Symbolize In The Great Gatsby

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Jacob Rhee Mr. Compton English 10 30 January 2017 Symbolism in The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald serves many purposes. It entertains the reader, teaches life lessons, and even gives readers an insight as to what life was like in the 1920s. But perhaps the most important and prevalent theme in the book is the downfall of the American Dream. The American Dream is the belief that through hard work, any individual can obtain success in America. The author scatters symbols throughout the book to portray how this “Dream” simmered away into nonexistence. Fitzgerald uses symbolism throughout The Great Gatsby to represent the death of the American Dream. One symbol that Fitzgerald utilizes is the setting. In the book, there are …show more content…

The second setting is West Egg. The people in West Egg worked for everything they have, and have obtained wealth solely based on their determination. In other words, inhabitants of West Egg have achieved the American Dream - they started from nothing and rose to the top through hard work. However, Fitzgerald shows how West Egg citizens like Gatsby and Nick have not actually achieved their American Dream, despite what it looks like on the surface. Gatsby’s dream comes in the form of Daisy - being with her is all he has ever wanted in life. Nick, observing Gatsby, said, “He hadn't once ceased looking at Daisy…” (91). Jay’s determination to take advantage of any interaction he got with Daisy was so great that he couldn't even take his eyes off her. But, the dream dies Gatsby’s quest to win her love falls short as she ends up back with Tom. In addition to this, it turns out that Gatsby was no rags-to-riches success story after all. He earned his money through bootlegging and gambling with other people involved in criminal activity. As with Nick, his dream is dead as well. Although it is never truly clear

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