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Symbolism In The Great Gatsby Essay

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  • on November 13, 2011
  • Category: English
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In The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald presents a novel with complex symbolism. Fitzgerald’s symbolism is so important to the novel that it is necessary to read deeper to gain any true level of understanding. The overtones and significance that Fitzgerald gives the dialogue, settings, and actions are a major reason why The Great Gatsby is one of the most well-known classics of the 20th century. 
One of the most significant aspects of the novel is time. Fitzgerald obviously wanted to emphasize the importance of time in the novel because the word is repeated multiple times throughout the course of the book. Gatsby's relationship with time is a major aspect to the plot. He wants to erase five years from not only his own life but also Daisy's. Gatsby's response to Nick, telling him that he can repeat the past, is symbolic of the tragic irony that is behind Gatsby's fate. Gatsby exclaims on page 110, "Can't repeat the past? Why of course you can!" Gatsby cannot accept Daisy until she erases the last few years of her life by telling Tom that she never loved him to his face. Gatsby fully believes what he says and thinks is true about Daisy. At one part of the story he tells Nick how, when Tom is out of the picture, he and Daisy are going to go to Memphis so they can get married at her white house just like it was five years before hand. In another scene, towards the end of the book, when Gatsby and Nick go to the Buchanans' for lunch Gatsby sees Daisy and Tom's child for the first time. Nick describes Gatsby's expression as one of genuine surprise and suggests that Gatsby probably never before believed in the girl's existence. Gatsby is so caught up in his dream that he becomes vulnerable to the world's brutal reality. 
Fitzgerald masterfully creates symbolism for time in the scene when Daisy and Gatsby meet for tea at Nick’s house. As Nick enters the room where Daisy and Gatsby have just met, Gatsby is leaning nervously against the mantelpiece while resting his head...

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