Deconstructionism In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

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F. Scott Fitzgerald does a magnificent job throughout the novel with portraying the countless symbols in The Great Gatsby. The literary lens, Deconstructionism, will be used to depict the green light, the Valley of Ashes, and Gatsby 's Mansion. Do these symbols actually represent what the audience reads into? Symbols have multiple meanings to different readers. Therefore, these symbols need to be broken down one by one by deconstructionism to portray the understanding between what society thinks and how the readers interpret the context. The green light is introduced when Gatsby is reaching out past the water to Daisy 's Dock that shimmers out a green light towards the West Egg. "he stretched out his arms...darkness"(Fitzgerald 20-21). To …show more content…
When Gatsby reaches out to the green light, it is describing how much one person can mean to someone and reaching out to get to the finish line which for him was Daisy. In order to depict this, the society side needs to be looked at. Society would take this as a green light for go. Gatsby does not see that. At the end of the quote , he vanishes into the darkness because he is afraid to face Daisy again. That does not define the definition of a green light. Gatsby 's uses the opposite in this situation which is the yellow light meaning for taking it slow or come to a stop. Daisy, right now at least, is a yellow light to Gatsby. He is afraid of what Daisy might think or say from seeing him after so much time. Some people slow down and stay in the safe zone. This is exactly what Gatsby does with Daisy. It is evident of this by when Jordan Baker is talking to Nick Carraway about inviting Daisy over for tea. “Does she want to see Gatsby?”(79). Nick responds in a secretive way and informs Jordan on the plan. “She’s not to know about it. Gatsby doesn’t want her to know. You’re just supposed to invite her to tea”(79). This situation is greatly …show more content…
Gatsby 's Mansion is impeccably spotless especially by the descriptions given when entering. Is it possible that Gatsby 's Mansion was not a Mansion? "It was Gatsby’s...eighty dollars a month"(5). It is a possibility that Gatsby 's so called "Mansion" is not a mansion because Nick Carraway points out that he pays eighty dollars a month for his house. Gatsby could be in just a decent lake house that he can throw parties at because he has the biggest house in the West Egg. It sounds like Nick 's house is a condo or a apartment. Therefore, making Gatsby 's mansion , a mansion to Nick is not saying a lot. In society today, one 's mind might think a mansion is what celebrities have and famous people known around the world. When thinking of wealth, the first thing that pops into the mind is a billion dollar house with never ending rooms with a pool and just the definition of a wealthy life. Who is thought of to live that kind of life? Celebrities are known to life that kind of life , not Gatsby that Nick didn 't even know if when he moved in. All Nick heard were rumors about Gatsby and he wanted to find out himself if they were true. The truth came out soon after when Gatsby is known as a

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