Essay about Symbolism Of The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Symbolic imagery is an affective literary device F. Scott Fitzgerald’s used in The Great Gatsby. Significant Recurring symbols reveal the underlying inner thoughts and emotions of characters as well as Fitzgerald’s own perception about plot events. Death and decay, light and dark, nature, and eyes are all symbols of significance that appear repeatedly. The symbol of Death and decay reveals Gatsby’s diminishing dream of hope as the novel progresses; as well it plays a part in foreshadowing the tragic events in the end of The Great Gatsby. The idea of decay is introduced early, as revealed by Nick that in the end Gatsby’s downfall can be attributed for a destructive force that slowly decays his wish to re-live the past. “Gatsby turned out alright at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams…” (Fitzgerald 8). Other symbols of death and decay are found scattered throughout the novel. This constant reminder that death is near casts a morbid shadow that Nick seems to be constantly noticing. The shadow of death that Nick speaks of was used to foreshadow the accidents long before drastic turning points in the plot had even occurred. “This is a valley of ashes - a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of ash-grey men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air.”…

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