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The Great Gatsby - Symbols

English Seminar

Khaleen Bartholomew

on 2 April 2013

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The Great Gatsby Symbols Found In: East vs. West Egg East Egg
represents 'old' money
People who live here have grace, elegance, and are careless Weather Matches the Tone of the Story Hopelessness and Immoral Decay The Valley of Ashes The Eyes of Dr. T.J Eckleberg Money Myrtle's Apartment There are many different types of symbolism in F. Scott Fitzgerald's, "The Great Gatsby." Mr. and Mrs. Wilson The Green Light The Colour White Jay Gatsby Gatsby's House The Color Yellow/Gold West Egg
represents 'new' money
People who live here have no social taste, are vulgar, but loving and loyal They represent the average lifestyle that most people have and they strive to reach the american dream
Myrtle wishes she was upper-class, and Mr. Wilson tries to get that for her
They are the opposite of Tom and Daisy chapter 5 Gatsby and Daisy have tea; rain then sun
chapter 7 tension with Tom, Daisy, and Gatsby; "broiling"-climax
chapter 8 Wilson thinks it's Gatsby; "small grey clouds" and Gatsby funeral; rain American Dream: discovering happiness-money makes happiness
lower class wants to leave but can't; Myrtle
distinct difference between upper and lower class; Tom and Wilson's conversation chapter 2 God referenced every time a scene is in the Valley of Ashes, saw everything; Tom and Mrytle, Gatsby takes Nick to meet Wolfshiem, Daisy and Gatsby, Wilson know about Myrtle having an affair (sees all corrupt)
American Dream can't be true, God frowns upon their new belief forever
The more money you have, the more important you are in society
In chapter one of the novel, Daisy admits that Jordan (someone from the upper-class) would never marry someone with little or no money Social Status and Power Failed American Dream The Great American Dream Corruption and Dishonesty/ Happiness and Riches Gatsby's car is yellow and it represents corruption and dishonesty because he was lying to everyone about who he really was
The yellow of Daisy's daughter's hair represents deprivation because Daisy doesn't treat her like a daughter, but mostly as an accessory.
When Gatsby and Daisy were reunited, Gatsby wore a white suit with a yellow/gold tie and Daisy wore a white dress with yellow buttons (this is when they were at their happiest). Everyone tries to acheive this American Dream, which is basically the perfect lifestyle.
Gatsby had achieved all of the materialistic desires of the American Dream before he died, but he failed to acheive the other aspects, (ex. Family) Innocence and Purity Fake, an illusion- the characters aren't innocent (Daisy is actually careless and destructive)
Chapter 7 "Jordan's fingers, powdered white over their tan" -fakeness, superficial, purity is just an illusi0n Past vs. Present Disappointment and Pride Myrtle is unhappy with the quality of her life and so she tries to make everything in the apartment look grandeur.
A way for Tom to showcase his wealth
Represents Tom & Myrtle's relationship: insignificant and shabby
Shows Tom's carelessness Lust and the 'Unattainable Dream' Enchanted object - Gatsby's hopes and dreams for his future.
Gatsby would stretch out his arms to the light as way of getting closer to Daisy - attempting to reclaim his past (chp. 1)
Green – safe to go – Gatsby thought he was doing the right thing and it was ok for him to do this. Fake Materialism Gatsby didn’t think that his large income was enough - this house was part of his way of trying to win his own happiness.
He used his large house and all of his possessions inside it to catch Daisy’s attention - carelessness Time 1974 2013 By: Melissa Lenis, Khaleen Bartholomew & Patrycja Szkudlarek Works Cited - http://www.e-scoala.ro/referate/engleza_fitzgerald_gatsby2.html
- http://voices.yahoo.com/symbolism-great-gatsby-2592997.html?cat=38
- http://www.litcharts.com/lit/thegreatgatsby/symbols
- http://www.angelfire.com/jazz/twentiestoday/symbolism.html
-http://bookstove.com/classics/symbolism-in-the-great-gatsby Questions For Discussion What symbol do you think played the biggest part in the novel? Why? -Gatsby can't grasp that time changes everything, and can't let go of the past (wants to basically erase the years inbetween
-chapter 5 tea party
broken mantle clock represents the time Daisy and Gatsby have lost (put pressure, dramatically "saved" it, couldn't be fixed anyways Moves On No Matter What Why do you think Fitzgerald used these symbols throughout his novel?
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