Symbols In The Great Gatsby

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In the book “The Great Gatsby” many important and obvious topics are spoken on such as wealth and neglect. Though there are many worthwhile topics in the novel the symbols in this novel will be spoken on. This is because F. Scott Fitzgerald uses many different and profound symbols in his books but this is especially true in his novel, “The Great Gatsby” with such symbols as the valley of ashes, The green light, Doctor T. J. Eckleburg’s eyes, Colors as whole, Cars, and Gatsby’s name change. First, the valley of ashes represents the moral and social decay that results from the uninhibited pursuit of wealth. This is because the rich indulge themselves with regard for nothing but their own pleasure, the plight of the poor, like George Wilson, who live among the dirty ashes and are abused by it. Then this Valley is left to the outside world because of its status and no one cares about what goes on there unless it direct affects the rich or if that person lives there. This place is watched by Doctor T. J. Eckleburg’s eyes which is a later symbol but both are intertwined due to how close the two are and due to meaning given to the eyes by some of the novels characters. Then in other critical essays the valley has been said as, ““This is a valley of ashes—a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat … and ash-gray men swarm. …” Here, instead of God observing the actions of the humans involved in the impending tragedy, an occultist’s giant advertisement looks down and ‘broods on
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