Symbolism In The Great Gatsby

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Recently I started to read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. After reading the first four chapters, I was able to dig deeper into Tom Buchanan’s character as well as Jay Gatsby’s character. I was also able to decode some of Fitzgerald’s beautiful sentences and how he uses symbolism to describe Gatsby’s character.
The book takes place around modern day New York City in the year 1922. One of the main characters in named Nick, who has just moved into the neighborhood of West Egg. After a short time after his arrival, Nick goes to his cousin’s house for dinner. When he arrives he is greeted by her wealthy husband, Tom Buchanan, who also happens to be Nick’s friend from college. Tom seems like a nice fellow, but he is boastful and obnoxious. He constantly brags about himself to Nick, saying “‘I’ve got a nice place here’” and “‘don’t think my opinion on these matters is final’ he seemed to say, ‘just because I’m stronger and more of a man than you are’”. At dinner Nick discovers that Tom is cheating on his wife with a woman named Myrtle. He also learns his neighbor’s name, Jay Gatsby. Once Nick got home from dinner he sees Jay in his yard, looking out at a green light on his dock.
Chapter two takes place in Tom’s apartment in New York City. As Tom and Nick make their way to the city, Tom insists that Nick meets his mistress, Myrtle, who is also cheating on her spouse. Tom introduces her in order to show Nick that he can have a relationship with two women at the same time.

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