Essay about The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The symbols signify an idea, theme or a character, and these symbols are messages that are analyzed to discover so the reader could understand the meaning beyond what is actually being described. Authors often use an object and reference to add richness, color and deeper meaning to a story.

The use of symbols in The Great Gatsby provide the general understanding of the corruption of American Dream in 1920s led by moral and spiritual decay. Symbols portray people who struggled with accomplishing their dream. Jay Gatsby, whose dream is to recapture the past he had lived with Daisy, sacrifices his life to achieve the dream, believing everything he has done would bring to get Daisy. He however dies in the end, revealing his dream has been failed completely. Therefore in the novel “The Great Gatsby” by Scott Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald highlights Gatsby’s struggle and demoralization in fulfilling dream by sharing his message(the theme of corruption of American Dream) with many of significance of symbols such as the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg, the green light and heat throughout the novel.

Throughout the novel, the eye’s of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg symbolizes the eyes looking down on everything that takes place in Valley of Ashes. The eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg are “blue and gigantic”(23) and has “no face from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a non-existent nose”(24). Fitzgerald gives the reader an idea of what the “eyes” look like. The billboard that…

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