Symbols and Symbolism in The Great Gatsby - Symbolism and the Truth

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Symbols and Symbolism in The Great Gatsby - Symbolism and the Truth That Lies Between

Symbolism is a very important device in Fitzgerald's 1926 masterpiece, The Great Gatsby. Different objects, words or actions symbolize different character traits for each person depicted in his novel. Through symbolism, Fitzgerald manages to describe three completely different aspects of the human life. He conveys the glittery, magnificent life of the rich, the gray, ugly and desperate life of the poor, and the mundane struggles of those in between.

Through the eyes of Nick Carraway, which in this case substitutes the narrator as well, the author depicts the majestic life of those who, by pure coincidence or happenstance,
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Further more, we observe how careless and ignorant the rich are, in this case Tom, in regard to those less fortunate. For him, a car is taken for granted; it is a mere disposable object that he uses to tease George Wilson, a member of the poor. When Wilson, doubtful of Mr. Buchanan's interest in selling him the car, points out that he's been waiting for it for a long time, Tom tells him, with no consideration to his needs, that, "I have my man working on it right now (Fitzgerald 28). Tom decides to tease him, saying that, "...if you feel that way about it, maybe I'd better sell it somewhere else after all." (Fitzgerald 28) Tom Buchanan plays with Wilson's needs once more, when the latter, trying to get him to sell the car, apparently disturbs Mr. Buchanan's dinner. Tom replies: "Very well, then, I won't sell you the car at all..."(Fitzgerald 111). Wilson however, is persistent, as his need for the car, which in this case is the equivalent of money, grows constantly. Tom taunts him yet again, showing him Gatsby's car, and implying that it was his: "How do you like this one? I bought it last week...Like to buy it?"(Fitzgerald 117) This time, the car is symbol of the power of the rich over the unfortunate poor, "ash-gray men" on the lowest step of the social ladder. It is like a bone teasing a dog, like a dangling medication in front of a dieing, hungry man.

Tom is not the only one
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