Symbolism Of The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

892 Words Mar 29th, 2016 4 Pages
Symbolism in literature is the use of symbols to represent something else. It 's usually using a physical thing in order to represent an idea. Stephen King once said that, “Symbolism exists to adorn and enrich” In that sense The Great Gatsby is one of the most beautiful and enriching short stories ever written as it is plagued symbolic language and colors. As a matter of fact, one could argue that Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby owes its tremendous success in part to its symbolic nature. On the surface the book may have been a normal everyday love story which goes as follow: boy meets girl, boy doesn’t have enough money for girl, girl marries rich boy instead, boy gets mysteriously wealthy and girl cheats on rich boy with boy. On the deeper level, The great Gatsby is about the distortion about the American Dream and At the center of it all is the green light on Daisy 's dock and the eyes of Doctor T.J Eckleburg.

The American Dream at it’s core is the freedom that everyone has to pursuit their happiness. Happiness is a difficult concept to define because it’s meaning varies so much from person to person. For Gatsby, happiness is almost synonymous with being Daisy’s sole and only love that’s why she insisted so much on Daisy telling tom that “ in her heart she never loved any one except me![ Gatsby]” His desire to be with Daisy prompted his every actions: from why he got rich, to the house that he bought “so that Daisy would be just across the bay” and even to lavish parties…

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