Symbolism Of The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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Symbolism in The Great Gatsby There are many examples of symbolism introduced into The Great Gatsby, but there are only three that prove to be significant. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is about Nick Carraway, the narrator, who has just moved in next door to a man named Gatsby. Nick visits his cousin, Daisy Buchanan, and the name Gatsby is introduced to Daisy, whom she has not heard from in years. Nick is then invited to one of Gatsby’s parties and Gatsby’s character is finally introduced to the story. Once Nick learns about Gatsby and Daisy’s history, he then proceeds in reconnecting Gatsby and Daisy. Tom finds out about their affair and Gatsby leaves with Daisy, but Tom’s mistress, Myrtle, is struck and killed when Daisy loses control of their car. Soon after, Daisy and Tom vanish suddenly without a trace, and Myrtle’s husband eventually kills Gatsby and himself for the murder of Myrtle. In The Great Gatsby, the three most important symbols are the green light, the eyes of Doctor TJ Eckleburg, and the Valley of Ashes. In The Great Gatsby, the green light symbolizes hope that Gatsby will be reconnected with Daisy. After leaving from his cousin’s home, Nick is driven back to the West Egg and it is then that he notices a figure standing in the darkness next door to his home. The figure is Gatsby himself and Nick narrates what it is that Gatsby is doing by saying, “he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and far as I was from him I…

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