The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1123 Words Feb 25th, 2016 5 Pages
The Great Gatsby is praised for its unique and complex symbolism, being acclaimed as one of the most symbolic novels ever written. From the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock to the general color of the room to a more clichè symbol like the weather, everything that Fitzgerald takes time to write down is relevant to something or some issues in America. However, the greatest symbol in the book may be the man who gives his name to the title, Jay Gatsby. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald explores the realities of human nature through his characterization of Jay Gatsby, suggesting towards the cost of being socially adequate among the wealthy, the darker side of one of the best economic times that American history has seen, and even acts as a warning to the reader. The contrast between what the reader expects of Gatsby and what is portrayed plays a vital part in the themes of the book. The idea of expectation versus reality that makes life seem unfair is consistent across all humanity, even in the places nobody expects. Especially in America, the wealthier individuals are often expected to be happy and expected to have traits that are associated with success but that is often not the case. America loses many celebrities to suicide, successful actors and musicians with all of the money, fame, and admiration to make people wonder what might have been so wrong in their lives to make them so unhappy. To the American people, money appears to be the solution…

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