Symbolic Significance

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Select three inanimate objects in The Great Gatsby and explain their real and symbolic significance in the novel.

The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald shows the romance, excitement, and drama in the 1920’s. The novel takes place following the First World War and how people enjoyed the roaring twenties. This novel focuses on important symbols in the book that describe each character vividly and emotionally. There are three inanimate objects in The Great Gatsby that are very important. One is the green light that Gatsby sees at the end of the novel and the color green of what it represents, the color white and yellow of how it portrays the characters and how it relates to a daisy, and the consumption of alcohol which in this time Prohibition was enforced. Fitzgerald describes these objects in the book by displaying different themes that impacted human life and the history of America. The first inanimate object that is important is the green light that is first mentioned at the end of Chapter 1 and when Gatsby sees it at the end of the novel. This green light shows the different meanings of each character experienced in seeing or portraying the green light. The green light represents Gatsby’s dreams and hopes to enjoy life and gain money. One other interpretation is the relationship between Gatsby and Daisy. It shows that Gatsby will never win back Daisy’s love or acceptance or any hope with her. She is out of his reach both physically and mentally. The color green can also be seen as jealously, Gatsby is jealous that Daisy is married with Tom Buchanan and he wishes that he was the one that she would love and cherish. One last interpretation of the green light is when Fitzgerald compares Gatsby’s green light to the “green breast of the new world” (pg. 115) which compares Gatsby’s dream of rediscovering Daisy to the explorer’s discovery of American and the promise of a new continent. It later on crushed Gatsby’s dream by being tarnished by his own...
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