Great Gatsby Research Paper

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Min Jung Son English 10H, section 54 Ms. McMahon December 8, 2010 A novel The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald includes many literary elements especially symbolism. In the novel, Fitzgerald describes essential traits of human life. As Nick Carraway portrays romantic love, genuine friendship, the importance of money, the significance of trustworthiness and the worth of social classes, each main character’s goals are illustrated, and they represent different amounts of a symbolism throughout the novel. In The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway and J. Gatsby are main characters. The Point of view of novel is 1st person, Nick narrates. The first symbol is Valley of Ashes. Nick says, “This is a 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”. The Valley of Ashes is located between West Egg and New York City. It is similar to something dark and lifeless. The death of Myrtle Wilson in the Valley of Ashes stands for the pain related to the valley. Moreover, the truth that Wilsons lived in the valley indicates that they are not in high wealth and high social level as other character in the novel. In the novel, there is symbol, the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock, which can be most important symbol in The Great Gatsby. The green light reflects Gatsby’s dream. Green is a color of hope. The first time that appeared was when Gatsby stares across the bay to a green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. Gatsby said, “Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you can!” It reveals that Gatsby’s hope to meet Daisy again and a chance to take her back from Tom. The green light was represented in chapter

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