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 absent in the capitalist world while watching it decay. In the passage, the author says "men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air," through this Fitzgerald illustrates that men in the valley of ashes are incompetent and vanishing away due to the blind eye the wealthy give to them as they pass by. They are so insignificant to the wealthy that they are parallel to the "Powdery air" all around them. What Fitz...
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...acters are near death with hardly any food in their stomach and barely any sleep, therefore their hope is dying out. It goes on to explain how they spot a house that show signs of no one entering it, "The father wants to investigate the house, noting that there are no tracks leading up to it from that direction". The spotting of the house symbolizes a small beam of hope. When they enter the house they find nothing useful – the little hope that was gained was lost just as quickly. The boy is left terrified staying close of what he has left, his dad. Throughout the story the man and the boy share a way to keep hope alive, they repeatedly say "cause we 're carrying the fire". Meaning that the boy and the man are carrying the hope within them. When the author says, "the ashes in the fireplace are cold"(89), he is referring to the light imagery that is used to describe
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