F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby Essay

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In The Great Gatsby, the narrator, Nick Carraway tells the reader the story about a man that fascinated him while he was in New York. Nick met Gatsby at an elaborate party. It is later revealed that Gatsby is passionate about Nick’s cousin, Daisy. Gatsby then makes it his mission to steal Daisy away from her husband. He tries to give her what little she doesn’t already have in order to woo her away. This all backfires terribly at the end for Jay Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is a story showing the corruption in America after the “Great War,” but it also journeys deeper than that and portrays Jay Gatsby as a Christ figure. Jay seems to be a corrupt character that aspires to greatness in a corrupt world by using corrupt methods, but proves to have a good heart. F. Scott Fitzgerald uses different ways, such as characters, colors, and biblical allusions to portray symbolism in The Great Gatsby.
F. Scott Fitzgerald uses three primary characters to portray symbolism, those being Jay Gatsby, Tom Buchanan, and Daisy Buchanan. Jay Gatsby grew up as James Gatz in rural midwestern America. While working on the lake in the summer, he joins a wealthy man named Dan Cody, who made his fortune by silver mining, and travels and enjoys luxuries and wants these for himself. He then comes east to New York and becomes an elitist among the high end personalities of the city. He represents the hope that every American had in the nineteen twenties, which is to come from nothing and…

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