Symbolism In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald follows the narrator, Nick Carraway, and how he is involved with many other characters lives. In the novel, Nick Carraway begins to understand the wealthy people of West and East Egg and realizes how greed and wealth can change an individual immensely. More characters like Daisy Buchanan, Jay Gatsby, Tom Buchanan, Myrtle Wilson, George Wilson, Jordan Baker and so many others have difficulty dealing with reality and are caught up in their lives. Symbolism in The Great Gatsby is well represented throughout the entire book. By using specific examples of symbolism like certain objects, Fitzgerald is able to describe the different dreams and realities of the individual characters in the novel. One example of symbolism represented in the novel is the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. This symbol represents the idea that Gatsby’s dream of Daisy is out of reach and will forever just be a light out into the distance. Because he is so focused on the illusion of Daisy, it alters Gatsby’s state of mind and eventually becomes the motive to his death. Since then it has left him with forever longing for her and his dreams of rekindling that lost love they had. This has effected Gatsby tramatically because everything he does from throwing an extravagant party or just simply wanting to attain wealth has always been an attempt the get Daisy back. This symbolism relates to the theme of the American dream because of how Gatsby’s life

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