Imagery is rather not what is on the paper but rather what is between it, there is so much more than what meets the eye in imagery. This is seen in both books, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Road by Cormac McCarthy. The texts share similar symbols and it is represented through the use of beautiful imagery. Both novels share similar light and landscape imagery to be symbolic of the main themes, hope and death respectively. The Valley of Ashes is a place between the West Egg and Manhattan. This is no typical road, as Scott Fitzgerald uses the desolate area as landscape imagery to symbolize the theme of death in The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald uses a passage filled with landscape imagery to paint the theme of death in the reader 's mind.
"This is a valley of ashes — a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air...the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg. The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic...instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles..."(Fitzgerald 26).
This passage describes the valley of ashes to be the place of misery and death, and that God is…show more content… This shows that he was focused and striving for the hope. "...as far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling" (10) . Fitzgerald is trying to display Gatsby 's desperation for an urgent and intense desire for the hope, which we later understand is Daisy. Eventually, the passage gets to the green light, which is the fundamental symbol used for hope. The light being green can be looked as Gatsby 's motivation, just like a traffic light the green is to achieve his hope. Although, it being at the end of the dock demonstrates that it feels so close, yet so