The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

2506 Words Apr 20th, 2016 11 Pages
Darkness and light have been used as symbols for thousands of years. When someone is "in the spotlight" they want to be seen. They want everyone to know everything about them. More often than not, being in that spotlight involves chasing a dream. Spotlight is often associated with celebrities or rising stars who are in the spotlight, chasing a dream. They follow wherever the light may take them to discover their dreams. It 's blinding. Blinding light can also be associated with a certain harshness to it. People avoid the harsh light in order to keep something hidden. They want to avoid their reality.The idea of light as a symbol is used by both F. Scott Fitzgerald and Tennessee Williams. While the authors use the same symbol, they are used in contrasting ways. Fitzgerald uses light to portray the dream that Jay Gatsby is chasing- being with whom he believes is the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan. Williams uses light to portray the gritty truth behind the lies of Blanche DuBois. She tries to avoid light at all costs in order to keep her dream of being seen as innocent and pure. While both Williams and Fitzgerald use light symbolically in order to represent the contrast between the dream and the reality, Williams uses light to represent the reality as a harsh truth in a person 's life, Fitzgerald uses light to show the dream and how the light of a dream can blind someone from the reality..
F. Scott Fitzgerald uses light in the beginning of The Great Gatsby to symbolize how…

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