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The Symbolism of Wealth & Materialism in The Great Gatsby

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Transcript of The Symbolism of Wealth & Materialism in The Great Gatsby

Contrast Between Rich and Poor. Wilsons Garage - Gatsbys Parties Cars Wealth Materialism The Symbolism of Wealth and Materialism
In the Great Gatsby - Symbol of wealth

Characters & Relationships Gatsby's Car a rich cream color, bright with nickel Daisy's Car White color Tom's Car Blue "a touch of paternal contempt" & “supercilious" Display of Wealth Example the juice from two hundred oranges is extracted every week for his parties. "Every Friday, five crates of oranges and lemons arrived from a fruiterer in New York" Alcohol His Guests "men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars” Insect Imagery Hollowness of the "American Dream"
Sports Jordan: Golf Tom: Polo Houses Gatsbys House "factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool, and more than forty acres of lawn and garden" Library Gatsbys Room Tom's House "a cheerful red-and-white Georgian Colonial mansion, overlooking the bay," Daisy Tom Daisy and Gatsby Tom and Myrtle Daisy & Tom - Gatsby had said "Her voice is full of money," - Corruption "took out a pile of shirts and began throwing them, one by one, before us, shirts of sheer linen and thick silk and fine flannel, which lost their folds as they fell and covered the table in many-colored disarray" " 'Daisy! Daisy! Daisy!' shouted Mrs. Wilson. 'I'll say it whenever I want to! Daisy! Dai - ' Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand" Myrtle: 'You can't live forever; you can't live forever Deaths Myrtle Wilson The Car Valley of Ashes Jay Gatsby His Pool George Wilson Significance? The Funeral The Owl Eyed Man - Sight - Materialism Green Light “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. And then one fine morning— So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past"
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