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Symbolism in Gatsby

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Julian Dean

on 14 December 2010

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What does this symbol represent? The Green Light Books in Gatsby's Library I saw this as a means of impressing his education on others The owl-eyed man, who Nick finds in Gatsby's library, is shocked to find that the books located there are real. He assumes the books are part of the show Gatsby is putting on to impress his guest. This shock is apparrent when he states, "Absolutely real--have pages and everything. I thought they'd be a nice durable cardboard. Matter of fact they're absolutely real" (Fitzgerald 50). This shows that some things about Gatsby are real, or at least he is willing to go to great lengths to convince people they are. The Owl-Eyed Man What does this symbol represent? Symbolism
The Great Gatsby Green represents the unattainable dream Gatsby obsesses on his longing for Daisy. This is displayed when Nick notices Gatsby on the dock as, "he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and far as I was from him I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward--and distinguished nothing except a single green light" (Fitzgerald 25-26). This green light comes from the buoy in front of Daisy's home. Gatsby's obsessive thoughts and dreams of Daisy take visual form through the color green on this occasion and others throughout the novel.

Identify, define, and apply the literary device of SYMBOLISM. What is symbolism? The practice of representing things by means of symbols or of attributing symbolic meanings or significance to objects, events, or relationships. Something that represents something else GOD In the novel, The Great Gatsby, there exists an impoverished netherworld of hardened souls, softened morality, and dead dreams, referred to as the "valley of ashes — a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air. Occasionally a line of gray cars crawls along an invisible track, gives out a ghastly creak, and comes to rest, and immediately the ash-gray men swarm up with leaden spades and stir up an impenetrable cloud, which screens their obscure operations from your sight. But above the gray land and the spasms of bleak dust which drift endlessly over it, you perceive, after a moment, the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg. The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic — their irises are one yard high. They look out of no face, but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a nonexistent nose. Evidently some wild wag of an oculist set them there to fatten his practice in the borough of Queens, and then sank down himself into eternal blindness, or forgot them and moved away. But his eyes, dimmed a little by many paintless days, under sun and rain, brood on over the solemn dumping ground" (Fitzgerald, 22). DIRECTIONS: Find the symbol that represents God in The Great Gatsby and identify textual evidence to support your position. Wisdom AND& Foreshadowing WHY? DIRECTIONS: Each project group must address the following questions by creating a Prezi that examines the symbolism of both Dr. TJ Eckleberg as well as the Valley of Ashes:

What do the eyes of Dr. TJ Eckleberg represent?
What does the Valley of Ashes symbolize?
Why does Fitzgerald have the eyes of Dr. TJ Eckleberg looking over the Valley of Ashes? What does this mean? What is Fitzgerald trying to communicate with the reader?

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