The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1650 Words Feb 11th, 2015 7 Pages
“A symbol is an object, character, figure or color that is used to represent an abstract idea or concept” (Oxford Dictionary). Authors often use symbols and metaphors throughout their novel in order to add depth and meaning to stories. It is a common technique that allows the author to further foretell and capture the important elements of the story without directly telling it. F. Scott Fitzgerald uses numerous symbols throughout The Great Gatsby to highlight key ideas and contract places, all in which reinforce the message of the novel. The author’s use of symbolism and metaphoric language is clearly evident from beginning until end as it portrays the belief of characters and the seasonal setting, such as the use of summer and fall which helps build the climax. Jay Gatsby, a determined man, tries to pursue the idealistic American Dream but fails to grasp it as riches and wealth make it unattainable. His hope to relive the past and reunite with Daisy is far within his reach as the green light which is “a minute far away,” indicates it is impossible to achieve (Fitzgerald 26). The use of symbolism in The Great Gatsby plays a huge role in the novel as it highlights theme of time, shows character significance and develops plot.
Throughout the course of the novel, Fitzgerald uses various symbols and metaphors in order to highlight the significance of time. The author’s idea of time as a restless force is depicted through his focus on weather and on seasons, illustrating…

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