What Is The Theme Of Symbolism In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby, a book that has become a staple in many schools and classes in America. Published in 1925 this book whose start was rough, with poor sales, later became a best selling book, that today portrays the American dream (Sneha Bengani) A book that with the years has changed cover art numerous times. Francis Cugat is the artist of the original book cover, the book cover that best embodies the themes and imagery of The Great Gatsby. The original book cover best exemplifies the Great Gatsby; the hollowness of the higher class, the longing for an ungraspable dream, and the disparity between the dream and the reality the book reveals. The colors, symbolism, and images used definitively convey the themes of The Great Gatsby.
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I'd never understood before. It was full of money – that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals' song of it… high in a white palace the king's daughter, the golden girl”(Ch7.pt.2) Golden used again to represent the greed, luxury and money Daisy is used to having. Apart from meaning materialism, wealth, and luxury yellow also means death. Myrtle, Tom's mistress is killed by Gatsby Yellow car, “It was a yellow car,” he said, “big yellow car. New.”(Ch.7,pt.5). Yellow/ Gold isn't the only color that is representative of “The Great Gatsby”. Green plays a significant role, representing Gatsby's dream. “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us.”(Ch.9, pt.3) Gatsby’s dream is an ungraspable dream, that is represented by the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. “Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever. Compared to the great distance that had 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…show more content…
Eyes are a recurring theme throughout Fitzgerald's book, they represent the all seeing eyes god, judgement. It safe to say that the eyes on the cover art are the eyes of Doctor T.J Eckleburg, as well as the eyes of Daisy. “The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic—their irises 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...But his eyes, dimmed a little by many paintless days, under sun and rain, brood on over the solemn dumping ground.”(ch.2 pt1 ). Even though the eyes on the cover art are not blue, they are his eyes, eyes that are judging and all seeing from up in the sky. Just like in the quote these eyes are floating but they are on a face, on Daisy’s face. “Her face was sad and lovely with bright things in it, bright eyes and a bright passionate mouth”(ch1 pt2). Her lips in the cover art bright red, and the slant of the eye making them look sad. In the painting there is no nose but there is an outline of hair, along with the eyes and the mouth the green tear is present. This tear that is so strategically tinted in the color of green. Green, representing the hopes and dreams of Gatsby. That bright green color at the end of the dock is a beacon for all of Gatsby’s unachievable dreams. A tear that is falling from Daisy’s eyes, a tear

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