Symbols In The Great Gatsby, By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Every novel has deeper meanings which can be discovered through an analysis. Deeper meanings of elements can help the reader have a better idea of what the author is trying to portray in the novel. The understanding of these elements is critical to get the fullest understanding of the novel. The Great Gatsby is no exception. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald uses questions, clichés, and symbols to have the reader think deeper into what Fitzgerald is interpreting. Through understanding the analysis of these elements one can interpret these elements differently throughout the novel.

Why is Gatsby great? The novel The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald implies that Mr. Gatsby is going to be someone extraordinary and exceptional. Although,
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Fitzgerald uses this to trick readers to thinking he’s great. What makes Jay Gatsby “great”? Great is defined as “notable; remarkable; exceptionally outstanding” (“Great”). Through further analysis of Gatsby’s character one realizes he is not “great”. Someone great should be someone who made a difference in the world, for instance Martin Luther King. Gatsby, on the other hand, is “great” for throwing legendary parties every saturday night. Nick tells Catherine he lives in West Egg. She replies “Really? I was down there at a party about a month ago. At a man named Gatsby’s. Do you know him?” (Fitzgerald, F. Scott 38) Evidently Gatsby is well known for his party 's, considering Catherine associates West Egg with Gatsby. Or, is Gatsby famous for being rich. Gatsby became rich illegally from bootlegging, smuggling alcohol during the prohibition. He is essentially a criminal. Most people do not think highly of criminals. Therefore, is Gatsby really “great”? One would say no. He’s famous for his high social status, not because he made a change for the better. The word great is misguided in the novel. …show more content…
The green light from Daisy’s dock symbolizes Gatsby 's loves for Daisy. Gatsby tells Daisy, “You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock” (Fitzgerald 111). The green light is the connection that always existed between Gatsby and Daisy. Green represents “Green is the color of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. Green has a strong emotional correspondence with safety. Dark green is also commonly associated with money.” (“Color Wheel Pro-See Color Theory in Action”) Fitzgerald chooses green because it showed Gatsby’s strong love for Daisy. It also shows the regrowth of their relationship, it being a new, as in fresh, relationship. The dark green symbolizes wealth, which seems to be a factor for who Daisy chooses as her spouse. Gatsby could not let go of this strong love. His desire and passion leads to massive emotional destruction and his death. Fitzgerald chooses green because of what it

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