A Streetcar Named Desire By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1715 Words Apr 19th, 2016 7 Pages
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and Tennessee William’s play A Streetcar Named Desire we are able to see the relationship between dream and reality through the symbol of light shown in both plays. As both stories progress, we see that the main characters of both novels, Gatsby and Blanche dwell on their past relationships and they both use the symbol of light to show the dreams that they really have . Gatsby uses the light as a symbol for Daisy who he dreams of having a relationship with and Blanche uses the light to remind her of her husband who recently died who she dearly loved. Since Gatsby and Blanche are unable to accept the reality, it causes them to obsess over the symbol of light, making them caught up in a dream that is not achievable.
Since Daisy has already created a new life with Tom, Gatsby tries to use the symbol of light in order to represent his love for Daisy. The narrator Nick showed his interest initially in the book for Daisy but that is later taken over by Gatsby’s love for her. Fitzgerald shows this by dropping subtle hints when talking about Daisy but he also gets very descriptive sometimes when he talks about Gatsby’s affection for her. A good example of this is early in the book when Nick describes Daisy by saying,“For a moment the last sunshine fell with romantic affection upon her glowing face; her voice compelled me forward breathlessly as I listened, then the glow faded, each light deserting her with lingering regret like…

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