Symbolisms and Realisms in "The Great Gatsby"

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby has been identified as a great success, and perhaps even one of the greatest novels of all time. In order to be revered as a classic, a novel must have one or more qualities that place it above the rest. One of The Great Gatsby's best qualities is Fitzgerald's incredible use of realism and symbolism. Symbolism and realism the key elements that made this work a success are evident in the development of plot, setting, and characters throughout the novel. When carefully read it is clear that The Great Gatsby has several plots and underlying sub-plots. Fitzgerald uses realism to develop these plots by choosing plots that would be believable to readers. For example, the main plot of "The American Dream", Jay Gatsby's dream of becoming rich and successful in order to impress Daisy, is easily believable and is still a quite common dream today. Sub plots such as Tom Buchanan's and Myrtle's affair is also very realistic and common now a day. From here Fitzgerald deepened the story by using realism to entangle these plots. Fitzgerald uses the colors of white and green as suggestions of future promise. In the Great Gatsby, as in any novel, the characters are the basis of the novel from which the plots revolve around. Fitzgerald uses realism to ensure that all the characters in the novel are believable in both their history and interactions with each other. A prime example of this would be Daisy. Her history of having a successful family and being the center of attention deeply influences her character into being self-centered and dependent on wealth, making her character believable to readers. Fitzgerald genuinely convinces the reader of each character and therefore makes the whole story seem more realistic. In the Great Gatsby, as in any novel, the characters are the basis of the novel from which the plots revolve around. Fitzgerald uses realism to ensure that all the characters in the novel are believable in both their history...
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