Gatby Symbolism Essay: Symbolism In The Great Gatsby

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Symbolism in The Great Gatsby Jay Gatsby is one of the few characters that has come significantly close to being successful in achieving his version of the American Dream, while others were scrounging to have a stable state of living in the “Jazz Age”. F. Scott Fitzgerald shows how the richer occupants in the East Egg have little to none tolerance for the lesser few in West Egg. The symbolism of the green light, billboard and Valley of Ashes assists the plot and emphasizes the themes in the novel. One of the most evident symbols in this piece is the green light. The distant and faint light is a symbol of Gatsby’s hopes and dreams for the future, but also the past. Gatsby sees the green light from the edge of his dock and presumes that it is…show more content…
Eckleburg looking down on the valley of ashes and the people traveling between West Egg and Manhattan. “But above the grey land and the spasms of bleak dust which drift endlessly over it, you perceive, after a moment, the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg. 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” (Fitzgerald). This gives a representation of God looking down on all the wrongdoers and providing them with what they deserve for their sins. For example, Myrtle Wilson was having an affair with Tom Buchanan behind her husbands back. It was not until Buchanan’s wife, Daisy threatened to return the favor by committing the same offense with Gatsby that Tom broke it off with Myrtle. With Myrtle 's heart and dignity crushed she dashed out in the middle of the road, but little did she know Daisy was driving erratically. In result of this Myrtle ended up getting struck and run over by the car. This crucial event in the novel proves that the theme of privileged people having no patience or tolerance for the lower class is very much…show more content…
“The valley of ashes is bounded on one side by a small foul river, and when the drawbridge is up to let barges through, the passengers on waiting trains can stare at the dismal scene for as long as half an hour”(Fitzgerald 28). This is representation of the social classes and how the wealthy not only perturbedly but physically ruined the townspeople. In pursuit of their own success and happiness the affluent individuals have no regard for the others that are being dragged through their path. The valley of ashes also represents not only the rich hurting others, but themselves and making their souls hollow. In result of this it overall symbolizes hopelessness and
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