The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a novel that is swimming with several types of symbolisms and motifs. Each element helps expand the plot of the storyline and in turn, helps us better analyze the main characters and their thoughts and feelings. The main symbols that will be analyzed in this essay are the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg and the eyes of ‘Owl Eyes’, the symbolization of the green light and the other colors referenced, and locations like the Valley of Ashes, East and West Egg, and New York City. I will also discuss the meaning behind Daisy’s voice and how Fitzgerald uses language to maintain her personality throughout the novel. Fitzgerald uses eyes to represent many things throughout the course of this novel. The first time we come across a reference to eyes, is in chapter 3. A character that Nick calls ‘Owl Eyes’. The reason that they give him this name is because he is wearing “enormous owl-eyed spectacles” (Fitzgerald 51). It seems that Owl Eyes already has a good amount of insight on Gatsby. “It’s a bona fide piece of printed matter. It fooled me. This fella’s a regular Belasco. It’s a triumph. What thoroughness! What realism! Knew when to stop too – didn’t cut the pages. But what do you want? What do you expect?” (Fitzgerald 52). In this quote, Owl Eyes is talking about how he knows that Gatsby is putting up a front. Everything that he is doing is for show. At first Owl Eyes thinks that all of Gatsby’s books would be
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