Symbolism In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby takes place in New York during the 1920’s; an era of endless parties, social standards, and individuals searching for their goals in life. The theme of, the future one sets for oneself can change drastically by making one decision, is displayed throughout F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and shown through the characters of Gatsby and Daisy as well as through the symbol of the green light.
The theme present in The Great Gatsby is displayed throughout the novel by Gatsby, one of the main characters. “He knew that when he kissed this girl...his mind would never romp like the mind of God...then he kissed her and the incarnation was complete” (Fitzgerald pg. 110-111). As a young boy, James Gatz knew that he was meant for greater things. The lifestyle he had was not his true destiny; he felt as if he was a son of God. When he left his family and sought out to find a destiny he could be proud of, he met Dan Cody and knew that this was his chance in becoming a successful man known as Jay Gatsby. After the captain’s passing however, Gatsby was back where he started; poor and unsuccessful. It wasn’t until he met Daisy that his future was yet to change course. When he kissed her and fell in love, his entire plan was erased. He knew that he needed to earn money in order to earn her love; after the war, he spent years earning his wealth illegally. If he hadn’t fallen for Daisy, he could have become a successful man one would be proud of. Instead, he lived out

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