Symbolism in The Great Gatsby Essay

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The Great Gatsby Symbols Throughout the book the Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, there are many examples of very simple things that have a deeper meaning or represent more than meets the eye. The book is narrated by Nick Carraway, and is about a man named Gatsby who throws huge parties where he doesn’t even make an appearance, all in an attempt to win back his lost lover Daisy who is married to Tom Buchanan. Gatsby is a big figure in the book and he uses many objects around him to represent his emotions and their status. The Great Gatsby, is full of symbolism, which is portrayed by the houses and cars in an array of ways. In The Great Gatsby, Gatsby’s car makes many appearances and is a big part of the novel. Gatsby’s car in…show more content…
The details of Gatsby’s car show his love for his money. Gatsby feels that by having such an extravagant car it makes him look superior to others. “He (Gatsby) saw me looking with admiration at his car. ‘It’s pretty, isn’t it, old sport.’ He jumped off to give me a better view” (68). Also, the car is an attempt to make his life feel full to him. Like Nick states, “My first impression, that he was a person of some undefined consequence” (69). Gatsby’s house is a symbol of large income and his unhappiness, he uses his house as an attempt to win Daisy back. Gatsby’s house is “A factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool and more than forty acres or lawn and garden" (9). Gatsby throws large parties there and hardly ever makes an appearance at those parties and the most of the guests don’t even know who he is. Nick goes to one of Gatsby’s parties and makes an attempt to find the host and asks two or three people where the host is and he is just stared at and denied (46). This symbolizes material wealth and by him not making an appearance at his own parties shows that he feels empty inside and is an attempt to cover his emptiness up. Both the house and the car are two similar symbols for Gatsby’s material wealth and his attempt to hide his

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