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Great Gatsby Water Prezi

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E McNamee

on 28 February 2013

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Water Imagery in
The Great Gatsby Elizabeth McNamee Gatsby in Rain In Summary: "Blessed are the dead that the rain falls on"(176) Water as a barrier In this novel, characters' aspirations often lay across a body of water. This water represents the distance one must travel to really achieve their dreams. But if one interprets that Fitzgerald is saying that the American Dream is not real and that even with boats and bridges we can never truly achieve it than he could be saying that Gatsby’s dream is unachievable as well and water represents the impossibility of achieving one’s dream. Water separates people from NYC, separates immigrants from America, and separates Gatsby from Daisy

Is is realistically impossible to cross large bodies of water alone without help from a boat or a bridge.

"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past" (180) Nick is suggesting that Americans work unnaturally against a current to achieve their dreams. If one believes that the book suggesting that the American dream is unachievable, then perhaps Nick is saying that we should change our outlook on life and achieving our dreams entirely and go with the current. Currents, rain, and water are all unpredictable and sporadic.

If Nick is saying that we should accept the current and work with it instead of against it, than perhaps he is suggesting that the world is spontaneous and the right way to live is by accepting this spontaneity,working with it, and re adapting to it instead of constantly chasing an unachievable dream. Gatsby is held back by the water that keeps him from Daisy. If you interpret that the water helps to purify him and give him peace like a baptism, then water can be viewed as a good thing not just an obstacle. As long as one accepts the spontaneity in the world and is able to move forward without dwelling on the past, water helps to provide a small but present sense of hope at the end of this depressing book. "His eyes began to blink anxiously, and he spoke of the rain in a worried, uncertain way" (86)

"After half an hour, the shun shone again... there was a change in Gatsby that was simply confounding. He literally glowed"(89)

When the rain is pouring during Gatsby and Daisy's reunion, the mood is very awkward and kind of sad, but once the rain stops, Gatsby and Daisy are actually less awkward and are enjoying being together.
In this scene the use of rain reinforces the varying tone of the interaction between Daisy and Gatsby.

Rain is used to reflect the tone of certain scenes but also to gives a sense of cleansing that can be seen as hopeful or suggestive that Gatsby was in fact a good person who merely died tragically. The rain at Gatby's funeral not only gives an even more depressing tone but it also gives a sense of purification to Gatsby. By calling Gatsby blessed it is like the rain is purifying him similar to a baptism which gives a strange sense of hope to the reader while keeping the tone gloomy. Gatsby dies in swimming pool http://crystallike.deviantart.com/art/the-end-of-Gatsby-119919038 ©2009-2013 ~Crystallike http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/06/0603.htm Gatsby's pool is unused and is on only for show. By having him die in his pool, Fitzgerald perhaps means to show that the wealth and extravagance that the first class crave is a part of what led to Gatsby’s downfall.
Right before his death however, Gatsby expressed that he wished he use his pool before the fall perhaps suggesting that he did not really wish to live in the lifestyle where appearances are the most important thing. Gatsby dying in his pool also reminded me of a baptism and this idea of cleaning and purity gives a sense of hope that relieved Gatsby of all of his mistakes and would give him peace in the afterlife.
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