Great Gatsby Symbolism

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In literature, symbolism is used to help establish meaning throughout a novel that extends beyond the author’s literal words. Symbolism adds dimension to the plot and themes revealed and adds a sense of realism for the reader. Through the use of symbolism the reader makes connections to characters, location, and emotions. This literary devise played a significant role in the novel, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald incorporates several symbols throughout the novel, which helps the reader visualize and connect to characters as well as understand the overarching themes that are embedded throughout the novel. The color “green” plays a significant role in the novel, The Great Gatsby. Green symbolizes hope and dreams. The main character, Jay Gatsby, especially connects to the color green, which symbolizes numerous dimensions of his existence. Gatsby is in love with Daisy Buchanan and longs to reunite with her, yet their physical and emotional separation is illuminated by the “Green Light” at the end of her dock. Gatsby looks to the light in hopes of rekindling their love that was established before the war. The green light further symbolizes the promise of a future with Daisy, which Gatsby knows he can only have if he can compete with the “old money” of East Egg. Gatsby believes that Daisy will be impressed by his “new money” and follow her heart, abandoning her East Egg lifestyle. As the novel progresses the color “green” takes on new meaning. Gatsby is unable to ignore his thirst for status and wealth. The greenness of “money” remains a primary focus for Gatsby as he struggles to find ways to win Daisy back and embrace his new lifestyle and its demands. The color “green” is woven throughout the novel and is used to symbolize the progression of life or events. As the events of the novel unfold, the color “green” pops up everywhere; from Gatsby’s
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