Main Symbols and How Do They Function in the Great Gatsby

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The novel The Great Gatsby was written by an American author F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925. The setting of the novel was the Jazz Age and the characters were mostly the lost generations. The novel captured and portrayed the era’s mood and characters’ living style through the vividly description of symbols. Gatsby’s big white house, Daisy’s green light on the end of her dock, and the Myrtle and her husband Wilson’s garage in the valley of ashes were functioned as implied indications of the plot and theme. In the novel, main character Gatsby owned an enormous beautiful big white house in the fashionable East Egg where the riches gathered. The outlook and the shape of the house were showed by resplendent dictions and the action of the servants in the house was described as dexterous and delicate. Especially the colorful description when big fancy parties that was held in Gatsby’s house. However, people who came to the party were not even invited, they just came and dance. No one in the house knew Gatsby’s antecedents; they just knew he is very rich. The big white house represents the accomplishments of Gatsby’s American dream. Also his flashy yellow car shows the pretentious characteristic of him. Nevertheless, all the show offs revealed as Gatsby’s persistent effort of getting and achieving the goal of wealthy. And this fancy material things he own was the fundamental requirements for getting Daisy’ love, which later leads to the transition of the plot and Daisy’s character development. The green light on the end of Daisy’s East Egg dock was a significant because it symbolizes the Gatsby’s hope and dream for the future, and the unchanging love for Daisy. The green light was distant and tiny, also it flashes. Although the green light seemed close to him because it is just right cross of his house, but the tininess and the flashy action of the light represents his…...

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