Lifelessness In The Great Gatsby

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Cars- wealth-unique, expensive, causes accidents, symbol of status
Owl Eyes - The eccentric, bespectacled drunk whom Nick meets at the first party he attends at Gatsby’s mansion. Nick finds Owl Eyes looking through Gatsby’s library, astonished that the books are real. He sees the truth
The color blue is present around Gatsby more than any other character. His gardens are blue, his chauffeur wears blue, the water separating him from Daisy is his "blue lawn" (9.150), mingled with the "blue smoke of brittle leaves" in his yard. His transformation into Jay Gatsby is sparked by Cody, who buys him a "blue coat"—and he sends a woman who comes to his house a "gas blue" dress (3.25). Before you tie this up under one simple label, keep in mind that
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Our main contender is Wilson: "When anyone spoke to him he invariably laughed in an agreeable colorless way" (2.17). Wilson's face is "ashen," and a "white ashen dust" covers his suit (2.17), and his eyes are described as "pale" and "glazed."
Marriage- The bond is treated ridiculously, not a sacred one, but a casual and loose label, so many affairs, no love or loyalty, Fitzgerald probably wrote of marriage this way because of his marriage with zelda
Mortality- death,fall, Gatsby, George,... The Great Gatsby also shows metaphorical deaths. Gatsby kills his old self, James Gatz, so he can start a new life. The narrator, Nick, is getting older and feels as if his youth is dying. The obsession with living in the past is realized to have been the fear of mortality, or of death. Because of World War I, Fitzgerald wrote about death.
Isolation- Nick felt isolated, and out of place, because he came with different Midwest values, and felt isolated because was not able to connect with anyone there
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Characters pursue visions of the future that are determined by their pasts, which—in the memorable phrase that ends the book—makes us all into little boats beating against the current. And, unfortunately, some of those boats are doomed to sink.Gatsby ends up dead because he can't live in the present
Love- Gatsby is a fool for falling in love. Tom and Daisy have some affection for each other, but it's not love. Jordan and Nick are happy but not committed . Gatsby falls in love, but he is in love with a dream of Daisy, or the idea of being in love. Wilson's feelings for Myrtle are the only feelings of real love in The Great Gatsby. Love in The Great Gatsby is just lies.
American dream- In The Great Gatsby, the American Dream is meant to stand for independence and bring able to succeed with hard work, but it ends up being about materialism and selfish pursuit of pleasure. No matter how much hard work, nothing can change Gatsby's origins. If hard work is not enough, the American Dream is inconceivable .
Heat- caused tension between Gatsby, Daisy and Tom in the summer. This foreshadows Tom and Gatsby's confrontation , and Daisy's tense and reckless reaction to their argument. The heat on the train causes tensions to rise for later in the day. Heat can symbolize intensity and tension or

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