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Intricate Patterns in the Great Gatsby

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Bonnie CHEUNG

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Raised to be honest and virtuous, which contrasts against the corruption of the other characters

“…with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, …, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” (Fitzgerald 9)
Maturity
Death
Intricate Patterns in The Great Gatsby
By: Bonnie Cheung, Tammy Lau, Rachel Lo, Thomas Phang-Lyn
Daisy
Birth
Born in Old Money, high class society
Very popular, many men wanted to court her

Colour Imagery: White
“She dressed in white, and had a little white roadster” (Fitzgerald 73)
Nick
The American Dream
Adolescence
Gatsby
He is stuck in the past, cannot get over the desire for the American Dream and Daisy
moonlight represents their short-lived romance

Colour Imagery: Pink
“His gorgeous pink rag of a suit made a bright spot of colour against the white steps”(Fitzgerald 147)
Nick
New York
New York has represents weak morals and the lack of responsibility which is characteristic of adolescence.

Spiritual inheritence- ingrained within every American citizen

Residents of West Egg are referred to "New" Money as they foolishly believe that by simply obtaining money they are now part of the upper class society
Nick

“I was thirty. Before me stretched the portentous, menacing road of a new decade.” (Fitzgerald 129)

It does not matter what advantages a person has or lacks. In the end, a person’s morals are dependent on the person itself.

East Egg

The residents of east egg are referred to as “old” money.

They seem sophisticated and established, like a person in a later stage of their life.

Characters of East Egg
Golden Sun- being comfortable with the wealth they were being born into
Tom and Daisy have everything, so they don't strive to accomplish more
Tom spends his money on polo and horses, contrasted against Gatsby's parties
Finding out who you are
Being irresponsible
Believes he isn't judging anyone, although subconsciously, he is.

Is fascinated and falls in love with Jordan Baker, even though he knows that it's wrong.
" I wasn't actually in love, but I felt a tender curiosity"
(Fitzgerald 58).
Owl Eyes
Linked with symbolism of cars
Name: two American makes of cars
“‘They’ll keep out of my way,’ she insisted, ‘It takes two to make an accident’”. (Fitzgerald 59)

Jordan Baker
Nick
Valley of Ashes
It reflects the stage of death and decay in the book.

It is symbolic for corruption of society and the American Dream

Knowing who you are
Firm grip on identity
With Gatsby's death, Nick finally sees the corruption in the people of East Egg
"After Gatsby's death, the East haunted me like that, distorted beyond my eyes' power of correction" (Fitzgerald 167).

The Sea represented the escape from the situation they were all in, and the only way out for Gatsby was death
"Ahead lay the scalloped ocean and the abounding blessed isles" (Fitzgerald 113)

Parallelism to Dr. T.J.Eckleburg: only one who truly saw Gatsby for who he was, so he's the only guest who feels any pity and sympathy towards him.
Gatsby
Death and Ghosts
Myrtle
“her life violently extinguished, knelt in the road and mingled her thick dark blood with the dust” (Fitzgerald 131)



New beginnings
Colour imagery; Red
“The touch of a cluster of leaves revolved it slowly, tracing, like a leg of transit, a thin red circle in the water” (Fitzgerald, 154)

Sadness and disappointment: realization of reality
“The eyes of T.J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic”
(Fitzgerald 26)

Colour Imagery- Blue
James Gatz ‘reborn’ as Jay Gatsby
Dan Cody and Daisy Fay major influences to his rebirth
“He [Gatsby] was left with his singularly appropriate education; the vague contour of Jay Gasby had filled out to the substantiality of a man” (Fitzgerald 97).
Colour Imagery: Green
Gatsby
Conclusion
What can be taken from The Great Gatsby is that you should live like you're half your age, but still be able to act your age.
Fitzgerald uses intricate patterns to create the underlying theme of the four stages of life to contrast Nick's development against the stagnant nature of the other characters.
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