Symbolism In The Great Gatsby

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Symbolism in The Great Gatsby
The novel The Great Gatsby, written by F.Scott Fitzgerald follows the life of an average man by the name of Nick Carraway. The novel references the 1920s era and the regress of the American Dream. Born in 1896, writer F.Scott Fitzgerald was a flourishing writer known for his works that illustrated the Jazz Age. The Great Gatsby novel, set in the time of the rolling 1920s during the time of the prohibition, revolves around a wealthy, incomprehensible man named Jay Gatsby and is told through the eyes of one of his close acquaintances, Nick Carraway. Nick through a strange friendship with Gatsby, soon becomes aware that Gatsby is in love with and has been for years with Daisy Buchanan, Nick’s cousin. The novel follows the affair between Daisy and Gatsby as well as Gatsby’s quest to make his dreams come true between him and Daisy. While the novel illustrates the culture of the 1920s , the novel also consists of numerous symbols that relate to the theme of the novel as a whole, such as Gatsby's mansion and the green light both of which symbolize Gatsby's desires and dreams for the future, specifically with Daisy Buchanan as well as the decline of the American Dream.
Gatsby's mansion is first used as a symbol is the first chapter of the novel and introduces the idea of Gatsby's elaborate and flamboyant lifestyle. Nick states “The one on my right was a colossal affair by any standard- it was a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with

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