F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby Essay

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The 1920s were a time of partying and revelry, but things were not always as glorious as they seemed. In The Great Gatsby, the rich seem to be happy, but F. Scott Fitzgerald uses symbols and characters to reveal that this is not the case. The eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg symbolize the unhappiness hidden behind a facade of wealth. He also uses the colors yellow and gold to symbolize the difference between false happiness from wealth, and real happiness. The character of Jay Gatsby is completely oblivious to this difference, which ultimately leads to his failure. Myrtle wilson stats to realize that wealth in not the key to happiness, but refuses to believe it, and instead forces herself to act like she is happy. In The Great Gatsby, F.Scott Fitzgerald uses symbols and characters to establishes the theme that wealth can only be used to construct an illusion of happiness, it can never create real happiness.
The eyes of T.J Eckleburg symbolise the unhappiness behind the illusion of wealth. Eckleburg 's eyes are located in the valley of ashes, and have been “dimmed a little by many paintless days” (28, Fitzgerald). they were placed there by an oculist, and later forgotten. The eyes have become dreary and dimmed. The same thing is happening to the upper class, but they use their wealth to cover up their unhappiness and dissatisfaction. Daisy is rich: she goes to parties, and has “seen everything and done everything” (22). It seems like she has a good life, yet she is extremely…

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