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Symbols and Symbolism in The Great Gatsby - Symbolism in The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby is filled with symbols and symbolism, which try to convey Fitzgerald's ideas to the reader. The symbols are uniquely involved in the plot of the story, which makes their implications more real. There are three major symbols that serve very important significance in the symbolism of the novel. They are "the valley of the ashes," the reality that represents the corruption in the world, the green light of Daisy's lap that Gatsby sees across the bay and lastly, the symbolism of the East Egg and West Egg or more important the east and the west of the country....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald] 534 words
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Symbols of The Great Gatsby - The 1920s were a time of big dreams, moral decline, and hardships in America . The Roaring Twenties were a different time altogether with its bootleggers and speakeasies, women becoming more independent, the poor becoming poorer, but through all this was The American Dream keeping the hope afloat. F. Scott Fitzgerald captured this era in his book, The Great Gatsby. Through his many symbols he illustrates the hopes, the forgotten God, and the oppressed Americans of the Twenties. The symbols in The Great Gatsby help convey several different themes, from wealth to loss of morals, to poverty....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Symbols and Symbolism in The Great Gatsby - Symbolism in The Great Gatsby     Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby has more relevance in today’s society than it did when it was written. With the recent societal trend that emphasizes lack of morals and material wealth over a meaningful existence, Fitzgerald’s message really hits home. Which is more important - money or love. Social status or being true to oneself. Fitzgerald uses metaphor and symbols to great effect in order to illustrate what can happen when the pursuit of happiness becomes warped (by American ideals) into the pursuit of money....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Use of Symbols and Symbolism in The Great Gatsby - Symbolism plays an important role in any novel of literary merit. In his novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses symbols to portray events, feelings, personalities and time periods. Throughout the narrative, Fitzgerald uses strong contrasting symbols such as West Egg and East Egg. His superior use of other predominant symbols such as color and light are also evident throughout the novel. The story begins as the narrator, Nick Carraway, describes his arrival to West Egg. One can immediately spot "new-money Gatsby and no-money Nick on one side of the bay and old-money Buchanans on the other" (Tanner x)....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Symbols and Symbolism in The Great Gatsby - Symbolism in The Great Gatsby   In The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald presents a novel with intricate symbolism. Fitzgerald integrates symbolism into the heart of the novel so strongly that it is necessary to read the book several times to gain any level of understanding. The overtones and connotations that Fitzgerald gives to the dialogues, settings, and actions is a major reason why The Great Gatsby is one of the classics of the 20th century. Three themes dominate the text of The Great Gatsby....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 2169 words
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Symbols and Symbolism in The Great Gatsby - Symbolism in The Great Gatsby What is unknown is often talked about as being mysterious, perhaps even ominous. Naturally, many people become curious and want to find out what lurks about in the dark and be able to say that they know what others do not. In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, the main character, Jay Gatsby is quite enigmatic. Seclusion and isolation are well known to Gatsby, especially when it comes to his personal life and his history. Throughout the novel, except when with Nick or Daisy, Gatsby asserts himself as an observer, who would rather watch others than to join in with the crowd....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 454 words
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Symbols and Symbolism Essay - Characters as Symbols in The Great Gatsby - Characters as Symbols in The Great Gatsby     People hold different things to be symbolic. Dove and peace, a rose and love; they are simple things yet widely symbolic. Symbolism is commonly used in literature to change or deepen meanings or instill a different meaning to the mind of the readers. The reader is forced to think, make connections, and succeed in adding a new meaning to the novel. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses symbolism in the form of his characters and to develop the theme, the corruption of the American Dream....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Symbols and Symbolism - Symbolism in The Great Gatsby Symbolism is what makes a story complete.  In "The Great Gatsby" Fitzgerald cleverly uses symbolism.  Virtually anything in the novel can be taken as a symbol, from the weather, to the colors of clothing the characters wear.  There are three main symbols used in The Great Gatsby, they are The East and West Egg, the green light at the end of Daisy's dock, and the eyes of Dr.T.J. Eckleburg.      One of the most important symbols in the novel is class and social  standing....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 588 words
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Color Symbols and Symbolism in The Great Gatsby - Color Symbolism in The Great Gatsby Color symbolism is popular in novels written during the 1920’s. One such example is Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby. There is much color symbolism in this novel, but there are two main colors that stand out more than the others. The colors green and white influence the story greatly. Green shows many thoughts, ideas, attitudes, and choices that Gatsby has throughout the story. White represents the stereotypical façade that every character is hiding behind....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays Fitzgerald]
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Symbols and Symbolism in The Great Gatsby - Symbolism and the Truth - 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....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Symbols, Symbolism, and Metaphor in The Great Gatsby - Metaphors and Symbolisms in The Great Gatsby In the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses many different metaphors and symbolisms to express his point. In this essay the point that I wish to make is how Fitzgerald uses colors to develop image, feelings, and scenery depiction to let the reader feel the emotions and other aspects being portrayed in that particular part in the book. Like every other essay one must address the major points that will be addressed. This essay suggests the hopefulness of Nick's venture in the East and of Gatsby's dream to win Daisy....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 795 words
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Symbols and Symbolism - Heat as a Symbol in The Great Gatsby - Heat as a Symbol in The Great Gatsby         Symbolism plays an important role in any novel of literary merit. In his novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald displays a superior use of symbols such as color, light, and heat. Fitzgerald’s superior use of heat as a symbol is the focus of this essay. “When F. Scott Fitzgerald turns on the heat in Gatsby, he amplifies a single detail into an element of function and emphasis that transforms neutral landscapes into oppressive prisms” (Dyson 116)....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Symbols and Symbolism Essay - Symbolism in The Great Gatsby - Symbolism in The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby tells of a man's attempt to regain his long lost love and the happiness he once had in life by way of wealth and material possessions. Jay Gatsby is representative of the American man because he believes that with great wealth comes great happiness. This is evidenced throughout the novel by way of Gatsby himself, through the portrayal of the Buchanans, and through the use of the word green which symbolizes hope, renewal, and promise....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 840 words
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Symbols and Symbolism - Houses and Cars in The Great Gatsby - Symbolism of Houses and Cars in The Great Gatsby        Francis Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, is full of symbolism, which is portrayed by the houses and cars in an array of ways. One of the more important qualities of symbolism within The Great Gatsby is the way in which it is so completely incorporated into the plot and structure. Symbols, such as Gatsby's house and car, symbolize material wealth.   Gatsby's house "[is] a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy" which contains "a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy" is a symbol of Gatsby's large illegal income (Fitzgerald 9)(9)....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Symbols Used in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - The Great Gatsby is based on a man named Jay Gatsby and his idealistic infatuation to a girl named Daisy that he met while he was young. Gatsby was not of a wealthy family and therefore Daisy would not marry him. Gatsby devoted his life to getting what he needed to win Daisy. After the war Gatsby became a bootlegger to attain what he needed to win Daisy. In the Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses various colors, objects, and gestures as symbols to portray the lack of moral and spiritual values of people and the different aspects of society in the 1920's....   [tags: literary analysis, english literature] 1156 words
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Great Gatsby Symbols - Great Gatsby Symbols Different symbolism The Great Gatsby is enhanced by the great number of symbols in the story. The story is revolved around symbols which represent different things. There are three types of symbols color, object, name symbols. Each symbol represents a different kind of situation in the story. The color represents all colors that are involved in the story, each color has its own meaning in the story. Object symbols explain the person himself and his situation in the story....   [tags: essays papers] 406 words
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Symbols and Symbolism Essay - Role of Symbolism in The Great Gatsby - The Crucial Role of Symbolism in The Great Gatsby The critic Harold Bloom once wrote, "Never has symbolism played such a crucial part in the very foundation of a novel as it does in Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece, The Great Gatsby." The dictionary defines the word symbolism as, "The practice of representing things by means of symbols or of attributing symbolic meanings or significance to objects, events, or relationships." The novel takes place during the summer of 1922, in Long Island and New York City....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 637 words
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Use of Metaphor, Symbols and Symbolism in The Great Gatsby - Use of Metaphor and Symbolism in The Great Gatsby       Some novels have more of an impact in modern society than when they were originally written. This is especially true with Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Modern society can be termed corrupt, complete with tainted morals and an overemphasis on the acquisition of money and friends. Fitzgerald seeks the root of the problem and wants the reader to ponder whether he or she wants money and social status or fulfillment and truth. In his quest to enlighten the reader, Fitzgerald utilizes metaphor and symbols to clarify his message....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Symbols in The Great Gatsby - Symbols in The Great Gatsby In the Great Gatsby, a lot of things can be looked at as symbols. The weather, Daisy’s dresses, the eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg, and even the lights. By using symbols, Fitzgerald makes the story more deep, and enjoyable for some readers. Fitzgerald also uses various themes throughout his story of the Great Gatsby, like Gatsby’s “American dream.” The two most important symbols in the story are the green lights at the end of daisy’s dock, and the eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg....   [tags: Free Essay Writer] 372 words
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Colors as Symbols in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - ... The color silver is a symbol that represents Gatsby very well because he is glamorous with his edifice, his parties, his clothes, etc; mysterious with how little everyone knows about him; distinguished with how everyone knows who he is. “An hour later the front door opened nervously, and Gatsby, in a white flannel suit, silver shirt, and gold-colored tie, hurried in (Chapter 5 p84).” In this scene, Gatsby walks into Nick’s house before Daisy comes over for tea, wearing an extravagant suit. The suit shows how glamorous he his, shows off his all the money he has, and how he is distinguished from anyone else with his fancy clothes....   [tags: feelings, passions, and descriptions] 859 words
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Symbols and Symbolism Essay - Symbolism in The Great Gatsby - Symbolism in The Great Gatsby Symbolism is what makes a story complete. And it is used through "The Great Gatsby." Virtually anything in the novel can be taken as a symbol, from the weather, to the colors of clothing the characters wear. There are three major symbolic elements used in the novel, they are water, colors, and religion. Water to me seems to mean "wasted, and or lost time." I believe this because of several reasons. One being that he is separated from Daisy by an island sound....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 430 words
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Symbols in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby is one of the most read pieces of literature throughout the current modern Western world. High school kids all across the globe must learn and read it as part of their curriculum. One of the aspects that makes this novel so notable is that Fitzgerald, at no point in the story, needs to convey to his audience the theme of his novel directly. The main points of his novel are brought out by the powerful symbols he infuses in the book. Not only does he use them to convey his theme, but also ties them in to the rest of the story....   [tags: literature, american dream]
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Symbols and Imagery in F. Scott Ftizgerald's The Great Gatsby - ... This image establishes the discrepancy between Gatsby’s dream and the “American Dream” while also expressing the inability to repeat the past. The color green also represents money, making it appropriate that Gatsby acknowledges a woman whose voice is “full of money”. The connection of the green light with money also adds to the downfall of Gatsby’s dream due to it being “the foul dust” that lingers in “the wake of [his] dreams” (2). Fitzgerald’s use of clocks and time in the novel prove to be symbolic in many ways....   [tags: clocks, wealth, society]
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Symbols Used in the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - ... Examples include money, fame, popularity, materials, and certain people. Overall, these things will eventually lead to corruption and ultimately death. Daisy within herself is false purity. She often wore arresting white dresses, Fitzgerald did this to show her decadence. A few examples include page 8, “An enormous couch on which two young women (Daisy and Jordan) were buoyed up as though upon an anchored balloon. They were both in white.” Another example is on page 115, “Daisy and Jordan lay upon an enormous couch, like silver idols weighing down their own white dresses against the singing breeze of the fans.” Later in this particular scene, Daisy confesses her love for Gatsby to Tom bu...   [tags: green, false purity] 951 words
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gatcolor Symbols and Symbolism Essay - Symbolic Colors in Great Gatsby - Symbolic Colors in Great Gatsby Colors can accentuate the meanings of a story and explain certain actions of a character. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald applies many important colors that allude to the personality of his characters. The colors given are repeated multiple times so that they can be established. To fully understand the characters of the story, one must recognize the associated colors that are given. Green is the color of "healing, money, prosperity, greed, luck, and fertility"(Nadia Davis)....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 401 words
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Symbols and Symbolism in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Symbolism in The Great Gatsby Symbolism is able to produce immense emotions. Fitzgerald applies symbolism to three of the most significant characters in "The Great Gatsby" to illustrate incisive sentiments. Fitzgerald's description of Tom Buchanan's colossal house signifies Tom and his values. The red and white colors of the Buchanan's mansion represent Tom's personality. Red customarily exemplifies impurity and boldness, while white signifies Tom's superior attitude towards other individuals....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 570 words
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Symbols and Symbolism in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Symbolism in The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald tried to accent the point that money does not breed happiness. Money causes people to become envious, greedy, and jealous. It compels people to show a persona of arrogance and creates a haze of fog in the air of the world around them. They begin to become oblivious of the outside world and think of themselves as a higher being. This causes lack of acceptance for their responsibilities. I thing the author was also trying to show us that sometimes one can hold on to a dream for so long, and try so hard to achieve it that it can leave you in misery instead of happiness....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 503 words
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Symbols in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin - ... The social order of the time put emphasis on outward shows of wealth and opulence, yet Darcy’s home is beautiful even in the absence of “gaudy” shows of wealth. Just like his home, Darcy does not choose a wife for show (a staple of the day) or follow the social order to the letter. A more direct example of his break from social order that the setting supports is his rejection of the social “rule” of dancing with unpaired ladies at a ball, commenting that he doesn’t feel he needs to dance with ladies rejected by other men....   [tags: green light, deliberate mechanism] 710 words
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The Use of Characters, Symbols, and Narrator in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - ​From the beginning of the The Great Gatsby, Francis Scott Fitzgerald uses the narrator, symbols, and the characters. Using the narrator, symbol, and characters throughout the novel makes up the book that is popular today. ​The Great Gatsby is a straightforward story. It slowly creates and shows the characteristics of Gatsby. Nick presents the book through his eyes and his description of what is happening makes the book feel longer than it is (“Gatsby”, Kenneth). Nick describes what he sees and gives the reader his insight....   [tags: daisy, narrator, nick, story]
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Discuss Fitzgerald’s use of symbols within The Great Gatsby. - Discuss Fitzgerald’s use of symbols within The Great Gatsby. Throughout his novel ‘The Great Gatsby’, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses symbolism. Symbols are objects, characters, figures or colours used to represent abstract ideas or concepts. The first symbol we see appears at the end of Chapter one. It is a green light, situated at the end of Daisy Buchanan’s East Egg dock and is only just visible from Gatsby’s expansive West Egg back garden. In Chapter one Nick (the narrator) describes his mysterious neighbour stretching “out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way’, this is Gatsby reaching desperately out to the green light, which represents his hopes and dreams for the future (which inc...   [tags: English Literature] 1003 words
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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - ... This was all caused by Gatsby’s yellow Rolls Royce, which obviously represents death, because the yellow car killed Myrtle, directly. It also indirectly killed Gatsby and Wilson. In the novel there is an example of how this happens on page 137: “The ‘death car’ as the newspapers called it, didn’t stop; it came out of the gathering darkness, wavered tragically for a moment, and then disappeared around the next bend.” This is describing the scene when Myrtle is hit and killed by Gatsby’s car. The color also represents corruption, which is how Gatsby got his money....   [tags: symbols, wealth, corruption, death] 723 words
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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby Essay Scott Fitzgerald was born on September 24, 1896, in St. Paul, Minnesota. He attended Princeton University, but flunked out and joined the US army. While in the army, he met the love of his life Zelda. Zelda refused to commit to him without him having a steady job. After being discharged, he moved to New York City to pursue a career of advertising. After only a few months, he returned to St. Paul to continue his writing career. His first novel's success made him famous and let him marry the woman he loved....   [tags: american dream, love, symbols]
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The Great Gatsby and the Great Depression - The Great Gatsby and the Great Depression       When F. Scott Fitzgerald published The Great Gatsby in 1925, it was impossible for him to predict that only four years later his story would be enacted in real-life during the Great Depression.  There are many prophetic symbols in the novel that tie The Great Gatsby and the Great Depression together.               The twenties was a decade full of new financial opportunities in a society unable to adopt so much so quickly.  All of the new possibilities, such as credit and loans, led to greater debts and bigger holes to fill.  Society began getting too deeply in debt and was becoming increasingly unable to get itself out.  So, they began se...   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Themes in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - Themes in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby The American Dream On first glance, The Great Gatsby is about a romance between Gatsby and Daisy. The true theme behind this wonderful novel is not merely romance, but is also a very skeptical view of the extinction of the American dream in the prosperous 19s. This loss of the American dream is shown by Fitzgerald's display of this decade as a morally deficient one. He shows its incredible decadence in Gatsby's lavish and ostentatious parties. This materialistic attitude toward life came from the disillusionment of the younger generation of the old Victorian values....   [tags: Great Gatsby Fitzgerald] 745 words
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Illusion and Reality in The Great Gatsby - Illusion and Reality in The Great Gatsby       The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a novel about one man's disenchantment with the American dream. In the story we get a glimpse into the life of Jay Gatsby, a man who aspired to achieve a position among the American rich to win the heart of his true love, Daisy Fay. Gatsby's downfall was in the fact that he was unable to determine that concealed boundary between reality and illusion in his life.    The Great Gatsby is a tightly structured, symbolically compressed novel whose predominant images and symbols reinforce the idea that Gatsby's dream exists on borrowed time....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]
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Dust in The Great Gatsby - In the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald incorporates many different themes, but the most prevalent message is that of the impossibility of the American Dream. Fitzgerald writes of two types of people: those who appear to have the ideal life and those who are still trying to achieve their dreams. Tom and Daisy are two characters who seem to have it all: a nice house, a loving spouse, a beautiful child, and plenty of money (Fitzgerald 6; ch. 1). However, neither of them is happy, and both end up having affairs....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]
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The Great Gatsby - There is vast and deep connection between the author’s life and the novel. The author portrayed his real life-based situation in the novel through which he went. The author explained how seventeen-year-old young lady became the reason of his downfall. He fell and wanted to marry the girl named Zelda Sayre who had deep desire for Fitzgerald’s wealth, fame, money and material luxury. Both Gatsby and Fitzgerald idolize wealth and luxury and at last fell in love with a beautiful woman when they stopped at a military camp in the South....   [tags: The Great Gatsby Essays] 1290 words
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gatcolor Great Gatsby Essay: Imagery of Colors - The Great Gatsby:  Imagery of Colors                    F. Scott Fitzgerald used the imagery of colors in his masterpiece The Great Gatsby.  The colors are used very frequently as symbols, and the hues create atmosphere in different scenes of the book.  White is a clean and fresh color, but the author shows how it can be tainted as well.  Next, yellow illustrates the downfall of moral standards of the people of West Egg.  Lastly, green, the most dominant color in the book, symbolizes wealth and Gatsby's unattainable dream....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 502 words
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Use Of Symbolism In The Catcher In The Rye and The Great Gatsby - Use Of Symbolism In “The Catcher In The Rye” and “The Great Gatsby” There are many writers like James Joyce, Patrick Kananach and Thomas Moore who use symbolism to convey and support indirect meaning in their writings. J.D. Salinger and F. Scott Fitzgerald both use symbolism in similar ways. In both “The Catcher In The Rye” and “The Great Gatsby”, the authors used symbolism to convey emotions and reality.      In “The Catcher In The Rye”, J.D. Salinger uses Holden’s red hunting cap, the exhibits at the Museum of Natural History and “kings in the back row” as symbols whose meanings help tell the story....   [tags: Catcher In the Rye Great Gatsby] 802 words
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The Modest Beliefs, Genuine Heart, and Generous Will of Jay Gatsby in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is a masterpiece and prehaps even one of the greatest novels of all time. Throughtout Fitzgerald’s story there seems to broad spectrum of moral and social views demonstrated by various characters. The story begins in a majestic dissilution city where a newborn light with new money become popular in a short time to redeem his once lost love. Jay Gatsby develops various characteristics throughout the story along with Nick Carroway. A definition of a good man is someone who seeks others happiness without considering their own self;and that great hero is Gatsby....   [tags: the great gatsby] 821 words
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The Great Gatsby: The Decline of The American Dream - The pursuit of the American Dream has been alive for generations. People from nations all over the world come to America for the chance to achieve this legendary dream of freedom, opportunity, and the “all American family”. However, in the 1920’s this dream began to take a different form. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, unfolds what the American Dream really meant during the roaring 20’s. The Great Gatsby tells a story of the affluent Jay Gatsby and his dream of attaining the love of the married Daisy Buchanan....   [tags: The Great Gatsby Essays]
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Downfall Of The American Dream in The Great Gatsby - Authors use symbolism in their written expressions in order to enhance the thematic interests of the novel. The use of symbolism allows the reader to interpret the story, which in turn, stimulates a more personal, imaginative, and meaningful experience. Scott F. Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, became an instant classic because of the symbolism used to enhance the theme throughout the novel. Without this symbolism, the theme of the withering American Dream would have been less than adequate, and the book would have never attained the status and popularity among readers that it does today....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 848 words
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Green Light in The Great Gatsby - The Green Light in The Great Gatsby     The image of the green light in the novel Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a significant symbol which reflects Gatsby's dream and other aspects beyond Gatsby's longing.  Throughout the novel Fitzgerald uses many other images or symbols.  At first, it may seem very basic, but when the symbol is closely studied, one may see the deeper meaning found within it. Fitzgerald uses these symbols to make a point across to the reader.  He then uses this point and converts it into a deeper meaning, into a myth about America.  The green light mentioned in the novel clearly represents and is a prime example of this....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Spiritual Shallowness in The Great Gatsby - Spiritual Shallowness in The Great Gatsby The American Dream was based on the assumption that each person, no matter what his origins, could succeed in life on the sole basis of his or her own skill and effort. The dream was embodied in the ideal of the self-made man. The Great Gatsby is a novel about what happened to the American dream in the 1920s, a period when the old values that gave substance to the dream had been corrupted by the vulgar pursuit of wealth. Spiritual shallowness is portrayed in The Great Gatsby through the characters' pursuit of power and pleasure, the character groupings and images and the forgotten past....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 705 words
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Colors and Symbolism in "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald - Symbolism is the use of symbols to supply things with a representative meaning or to represent something abstract by an existing object. In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, colours are used to symbolize a person’s inner thoughts and feelings. Colours, such as green, white are used to find ones true feelings; while others use colours to hide their true persona. Colour symbolism is used to convey a deeper message to the readers and help us understand the characters true colours. The color green in the novel The Great Gatsby symbolizes different choices Jay Gatsby makes throughout his lifetime....   [tags: Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, symbolism] 1296 words
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The Great Gatsby - In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald utilizes many universal and timeless themes to make the novel a classic. He emphasizes that most people lack insight and can not see the truth. To the majority of the society, the reality is an illusion that they create in their minds. The characters, events, setting, symbols and imagery contribute to establishing this theme. Myrtle Wilson, a woman of ludicrous ostentation, yearns to escape her class to enter the higher ranks. She believes a marriage to Tom Buchanan will relieve her of this lower status....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]
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