Rdquo In The Great Gatsby

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After the First World War or “the war to end all wars”, the whole world thrived with prosperity. New inventions and industries that were damaged by the war kicked off and then came the “roaring 20’s”. The 20’s brought great riches and prosperity to many. Some people developed a fortune and new life for themself. However contrary to they’re lavish lifestyle these people who acquired new wealth were seen as unworthy to the wealthy community in America (the “old rich”) and were shunned by the click of wealthy Americans who were born into they’re materialistic lifestyle. The famous “American dream” is thought to be by most Americans the roots of their country and the key ideology’s…show more content…
The type of people in American society that these main characters represent is shown to the readers through several narrative conventions. A subtle technique that Fitzgerald uses to reflect the ideologies of these characters is symbolism. A main subject of symbolism in The Great Gatsby is the light of daisy’s house. Gatsby is seen by Nick several times look across the harbour at the Buchanan’s. “He stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and, far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward- and distinguished noting except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock” (pg. 25). Green is often used as the colour symbolising money. In this particular quote, Gatsby longs for daisy and her materialistic lifestyle. Gatsby wishes he belonged in this luxurious world, but unfortunately the idea in the American dream of everybody starting of the same is untrue and some people find it far harder than others to get ahead in life because of their background and
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