The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, presents the novel with complex symbolism. Fitzgerald integrates symbolism into the novel to represent meanings or represents something that abstracts by an existing object. In his novel The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses symbolism to illustrate the distorted and unattainable American Dream. In particular, the green light, the Valley of Ashes, and East and West Egg as it emphasize his theme that a corrupt and materialistic American Dream in unattainable. Fitzgerald portrays the 1920s as an era of decayed social and moral values, evidenced in its overarching cynicism, greed, and the empty pursuit of pleasure. One of the novel’s prominent symbols is the Green Light at Daisy’s dock is the symbol of Gatsby’s hopes and dreams. The green light represents everything that haunts and beckons Gatsby. The physical and emotional distance between Gatsby and Daisy, the gap between the past and the present, the promises of the future, and the lure of other green materials that Gatsby craves, such as money. To Gatsby, the green light represents his dream, which is Daisy. “... he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way … I glanced seaward - and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock” (Fitzgerald 25-26). The green light is described as ‘minute and far away’ which makes it appear impossible to reach. However, it also represents society’s desire, which…

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