“It was after we started with Gatsby toward the house that the gardener saw Wilson's body a little way off in the grass, and the holocaust was complete” (Fitzgerald 112). This quote is referring to Nick and the gardener carrying Gatsby’s dead body inside. George Wilson had shot Gatsby and then shot himself. This murder and suicide are the peak of violence portrayed in The Great Gatsby. Wilson was devastated because of Myrtle, his beloved wife.
His giant eyes also watch over the Valley of Ashes, a dump between New York and West Egg (Westbrook 83). Eckleburg looms over the world from a billboard and acts like the all-seeing eye, a God-like persona that observes society rotting away. In the wasteland that is the Valley of Ashes, Doctor Eckleburg’s “persistent stare” observes the disastrous marriage of George and Myrtle (27). It is also here that Eckleburg’s gigantic eyes, watch as Daisy who is driving Gatsby’s yellow car, attempts to avoid hitting the distressed Myrtle as she sprints out onto the road to escape the clutches of her husband. The all-seeing eye watches as Gatsby tries to “swing the wheel” and avoid the on rushing Myrtle as she cries for help (137).
The second color mentioned is yellow, as Yaffe describes it, “the color of depravity” (1). This symbolic color is seen only in the valley of ashes, more specifically, the glasses on the advertisement of T.J. Eckleburg and George Wilson’s yellow brick home. A statement that yellow is the color of death is supported by Myrtle Wilson’s death. “Myrtle Wilson was killed by Gatsby 's yellow Rolls Royce in front of her yellow brick house under the yellow glasses of T.J. Eckleburg” (Yaffe 2). After these colors symbolizing negativity comes the “vibrant and mysterious color of green, seen mostly in the beginning and end of the novel” (Yaffe 2).
In conclusion, All the symbols have some sort of ties to the decline of the American dream in the 1920’s. The Great Gatsby is full of people doing unethical things for all the wrong reasons and for fulfillment in their lives. Everything that was once in the dark had come to light causing many tragedies. Not to mention, judgment, wealth, and infidelity are the prominent factors in this story. Ultimately the symbols represent a life that was unattainable to reach which led to a tragedy in the
The protagonists in Fitzgerald’s novels, like The Great Gatsby, Winter Dreams and The Side of Paradise, usually bear a resemblance for being wealthy and owning high social status, meanwhile, they are doomed to be troubled by and end in melancholy and emptiness. Having much in common with novels mentioned above, The Rich Boy is regarded as a typical Fitzgerald’s story about a sad rich guy, illustrating the relation between one’s economic achievement and his personal tragedy, whereas, it is also argued that the protagonist, Anson’s disorder is not due to wealth, but more like “a kind of undergraduate melancholia” (Macauley 667). Thus, this essay will explain that the wealth as the root cause of the rich’s tragedy is the main theme of the story by illustrating literary techniques employed by Fitzgerald. Characterization and plots will firstly be analyzed, with the focus on the protagonist Anson to see how they contributes to the establishment of Fitzgerald’s argument about rich and tragedy; then it will move to discuss how the omniscient, third-person narratives further develop this main theme. The protagonist stands out for his superiority, which in the words of Fitzgerald is that the very rich “think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we” (152), i.e.
The Great Gatsby is a well-structured story that represents the decline of the American dream in the 1920’s. Not only does it tell about the facade between the east and west egg, but also the dreams and hope that are corrupted by the false idea of their own utopia. Not to mention the Valley of Ashes demonstrates the wasteland of America’s obsession and waste that shows the ugly consequence that occurred. As the green light vanished, the rusty billboard saw the interactions that took place throughout a land full of dust. Ultimately the symbols represent a life that was unattainable to reach which led to a tragedy in the end.
The two girls in the yellow dresses are admiring Jordan, the golden girl, and are jealous of how amazing she looks. Fitzgerald wrote in his novel "Did mother get powder on your old yellowy hair?" (p. 111), talking about Daisy daughter. The only time Daisy’s daughter came into the story Daisy treats her like an object and did not treat her like her daughter. Daisy's life revolves around Daisy, allowing her daughter to come around only when she wanted her to.
Using this simile adds to the morbid and horrific description of Piggy’s tragic death. This shows loss of civilization and innocence because Piggy was killed by his own peers of the island. Murder destroys innocence, and the fact that the boys purposefully killed him using the boulder shows how far from civilization they have become. Another example of Golding’s use of similes is when Ralph sees the “Lord of the flies”. “He walked slowly into the middle of the clearing and looked steadily at the skull that gleamed as white as ever the conch had done and seemed to jeer at him cynically,”(185).
The characters in the article Silas Marner, Ebenezer Scrooge, and The Grinch are driven by greed in such a way that the greedier they become, the less human they appear. At the end of their stories they all end with great happiness. They all become more generous at the end and they all seem to become human again (Yellow 2). People use the name Silas Marner and Ebenezer Scrooge for people that are a greedy (pink 157). Scrooge is a perfect example of a person that is a very greedy person (Green 1).
He looks and the gunner fell dead on the turret wall. The old lady that pointed him out started to run to the side of the street and The sniper fired. She fell and lay dead in the gutter. This part of the story helps explain my theme because he shot an old lady heartlessly. He had gotten shot in the right arm by an enemy sniper and couldn't use it.
Myrtle Wilson was killed in a fatal car crash on Monday the 7th of August, when she ran on to the road and was hit by a yellow car, recently identified as Jay Gatsby’s car. After hitting Mrs. Wilson, the car did not stop. Gatsby was returning from New York to his home, but when travelling through the valley of ashes, Myrtle Wilson ran into the road and was then hit by Gatsby’s car. Following her recent death, Mrs. Wilson has been identified as Mr. Gatsby’s ‘Mystery Mistress’ who has been spotted many times inside his large mansion in West Egg. George Wilson, Myrtle’s husband has said that he knew she was having an affair, but with whom he did not know.
Who Killed JonBenet? I believe the murder was committed by a fatal blow to the head. I think it was a fatal blow and she was strangled. I also believe that it was an accident by Burke Ramsey, I believe he got angry and hit JonBenet over the head with a flashlight. They examined the body and a piece of skull was missing from the top of her head, and a flashlight fit exactly in that space.
Robber Barons were like robin hoods, but reversed. Instead of stealing from the rich to give to the poor, they would steal from the poor by giving the rich a discount on a product, then making that same product up for a poorer person (Whitehead, 2016). The Civil War has just ended. America is thrown into a time of industrialism that it wasn’t properly prepared for. Before all of the industrialism was put into the equation, we were a mess and with the industrialism, we were a disaster, just waiting to explode.