The Great Gatsby Imagery Analysis

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In 1925 Francis Cugat created a masterpiece that would be remembered and admired; the cover art for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. When presented with this exquisite design, Fitzgerald was so intrigued that he rewrote parts of the novel to better incorporate the image. This little known fact reveals the importance of imagery and description in this novel. Throughout out this novel Fitzgerald uses the descriptions of Gatsby’s house to symbolize his emotions because Fitzgerald is trying display the amount of importance Gatsby has given to his material possessions. As Gatsby attempts to relive his past with Daisy he is convinced that material items will enable him to achieve his dreams and finally be content. At the beginning of the novel Gatsby is in love with Daisy and determined to relive their past. During this time period Nick describes Gatsby’s house with music and “men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars” (Fitzgerald 39) in the gardens. He “watched his guests diving from the tower of his raft, or taking the sun on the hot sand of his beach”. Through this description Fitzgerald shows that Gatsby’s house is alive and thriving much like his love for Daisy. Gatsby is in love with what he remembers daisy to be like and what he believes she is like now. In order to rekindle their past flame he throws extravagant parties, hoping that one day Daisy would wander in and they would pick up where they left off. Gatsby bases the importance of life off the value of his possessions because he knows Daisy is attracted to wealth and will do anything to win her back. When Gatsby returns from Tom and Daisy’s house his hopes and dreams have been destroyed. After being rejected by Da... ... middle of paper ... ...s acting like a particle of light, Sutton is correct with his thesis. While there is a reoccurrence of light, it is not the best representation of Gatsby and Daisy’s love. The light simply shows when their love fades, however the description of Gatsby’s house allows a deeper reading of how Gatsby handles Daisy’s rejection. Fitzgerald chose to use the descriptions to show Gatsby’s emotions to show that Gatsby had a materialistic outlook on life. He wanted to be rich and have the biggest and best house in order to win over Daisy. Gatsby’s obsession with material possessions originated from Daisy’s attraction to wealth. Once Gatsby realized that Daisy would never be with him again, he had no reason to care for expensive properties, and did not take care of them. Fitzgerald uses Gatsby’s house as an outlet for Gatsby’s emotions as he is forced to accept his reality.
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