The “Roaring 20’S” And The “Jazz Age” Produced Great Literature.

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The “roaring 20’s” and the “Jazz Age” produced great literature. The characters and plots were often held together by images, ideas, sounds or words that help a reader understand an idea and help to explain the central idea of a literary work. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is full of rich symbols. Like many of the most interesting symbols, the green light changes and develops its meaning through the novel. The green light that is displayed at the end of Daisy and Tom’s East egg dock, is the symbol of Gatsby’s hopes and dreams. In Chapter 1, Nick observes Gatsby one night: Something in his leisurely movements and the secure position of his feet upon the lawn suggested that it was Mr. Gatsby himself, come out to determine what share…show more content…
Compared to the great distance that separated him from Daisy it had seemed very near to her, almost touching her. It had seemed as close as a star to the moon. Now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one (93). The symbol changes for Gatsby because the present Daisy is different than the Daisy from the past that he fell in love with in Louisville. In addition to this strong literary symbol, another great one is Dr. TJ Eckleburg and the Valley of Ashes. The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg are: blue and gigantic-their retinas are one yard high. They look out of no face, but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a nonexistent nose. Evidently, some wild wag of an oculist set them there to fatten his practice in the borough of Queens, and then sank down himself into eternal blindness, or forgot them and moved away. But his eyes dimmed a little by many paintless days under sun and rain, brood on over the solemn dumping ground (24). Some readers may pick up that the billboard represents God’s eyes looking down on the society judging America 's morals.Instead, throughout the novel, Fitzgerald suggests that the mere essence of Dr. TJ Eckleburg symbolizes deprivation of the American soul. The billboard is placed there to encourage business; however, it lays untidy and abandoned. Also with the

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