The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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In the novel “The Great Gatsby”, F. Scott Fitzgerald, an American author, shows the idea that the newly developing class rivalry between “old” and “new” money, in West Egg versus East Egg, truly shows the hollowness of the upper class. He develops this claim by first introducing the “valley of ashes” as a picture of absolute desolation and poverty. The valley of ashes symbolizes the moral decay hidden by the embellishment of the Eggs, which suggests that underneath all of the embellishments there is still the ugliness of the valley. Next he uses a simile to describe all the people who (rich people mostly) came to his parties and what it was kind of like, “In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.” Next he uses imagery to help the reader imagine what one of his parties is like, “The moon had risen higher, and floating in the Sound was a triangle of silver scales, trembling a little to the stiff, tiny drip of the banjos on the lawn. Throughout the whole book, the author uses colors for metaphors. “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us.” This shows the use of the color green symbolizing Gatsby’s hope and dreams about Daisy. Fitzgerald’s purpose is to show the rivalry between the two very different societies, east and west egg, even though both own a lot of money and assets. He establishes a bitter tone for all potential readers. This work is significant…

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