The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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The Great Gatsby, by Francis Scott Fitzgerald, follows the story of a young man named Nick who moves to Long Island seeking fortune. Nick ultimately ends up living next to a mysterious man known as Gatsby whom he knows almost nothing about. Throughout the novel, Fitzgerald uses multiple symbols and allegories to show the mental and physical struggles each character faces. As the story continues, each of the characters affects one another as their fates intertwine. One of the first and most prominent symbols in The Great Gatsby is the green light Gatsby sees every time he stares across the bay. Gatsby lives in West Egg while the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan, lives in East Egg with her husband, Tom. When Nick first sees Gatsby, he describes, “he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and, far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling” (Fitzgerald 20). As Foster explains in How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Geography represents much more than just the setting of the novel. Gatsby knows that Daisy lives in the same city as him yet the river represents some kind of separation or disconnection between the two. However, the green light across the bay still remains a beacon of hope for Gatsby. As long as that green light shines, Daisy will always be there. Throughout the story, Fitzgerald also reinforces the idea that Long Island is separated into West Egg, East Egg, and the Valley of Ashes. Again, geography plays an important role…

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