Essay on F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby

1074 Words May 4th, 2015 5 Pages
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby is drenched in symbolism and time references. From my interpretation, Jay Gatsby is like the American Dream itself. He fell in love with Daisy and sworn to become rich and popular to win her, because he thinks he needs to be happy. Jay Gatsby is the epitome of the main characteristic that makes the American dream; Everlasting Hope. He is the personification of the American Dream when the United States first became a nation, resourceful, athletic, and a young nation at its beginning with a broad and successful future. The issue of time destroyed this. Over the years the American Dream became the need for wealth. That is the trap Gatsby fell in.
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Time is a major theme that F. Scott Fitzgerald has all throughout his novel. So in Chapter 5 of the Great Gatsby, a very particular symbol of time is shown. Gatsby accidently knocks an old clock off the Nick’s mantel while impatiently waiting with “his head leaned back so far that it rested against the face of a defunct mantelpiece clock”, this could be a sign of Gatsby using ‘time’ as a crutch to reassure himself that he will win Daisy again after waiting so long. All throughout the novel it seems like ‘time’ itself is against Gatsby. Like how all the phone calls from the various cities comes at very unwanted times, or how when Gatsby went off to fight in the war time was of the essence as daisy was…

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