Symbolism in The Great Gatsby

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Symbolism is a very important prospect of a novel when it is used. Authors Often use symbolism to show different emotions and feelings that are being tossed around in a characters head. In the Novel, The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author uses different types of symbolism such as the green light, the Eyes of T.J. Eckleburg, The difference between West and East Egg, New and Old money, and the weather. I will be expressing all of these in detail.

The first aspect of symbolism that the reader learns about is the green light. You find out about the green light at the end of chapter one. At first F. Scott Fitzgerald does not elaborate perfectly on what the green light means, the only thing he does is show that it is something very important to a certain character in the novel. One of the many things that this Green light symbolizes is that you can not always have what you want no matter how hard you try.

The reader may not be able to distinguish that that is what it means right away, but by reading the novel, you may find out quickly. Nick refers to the light as "the end of the dock" but is not quite to sure what it really is. Nick says this referring to the light, "Involuntarily I glanced seaward---and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock." There is where the reader gets a bit of a foreshadow about the light, but nobody knows exactly what he is talking about. The Green Light is more of the multi-faceted piece of symbolism in this book. The thing that the reader realizes the most throughout the book when the...