The Great Gatsby by: F. Scott Fitzgerald

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In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, there are many symbols used. Symbols are objects, characters, figures, or colors used to represent abstract ideas or concepts. Symbolism plays a key role in this novel. Without symbolism this novel would have no real plot or theme. There are five main symbols that are used predominantly in The Great Gatsby: West Egg, East Egg, The Green Light, The eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg, and the Valley of Ashes.

The first symbol that is used is West Egg. West Egg is a fictional area of Long Island. West Egg is home to people that are considered to be the "newly rich." These people have just been given their money and all of the sudden are rich. The people living in West Egg are vulgar, cheap, and corrupt. Nick Carraway and his neighbor Jay Gatsby live in West Egg.

The second symbol that is used throughout the book is East Egg.

East Egg is a fictional are of Long Island that is considered to be home to the "old rich." The "old rich" have worked hard for their money and don't take anything for granted. The people that live in East Egg live a more aristocratic type of life. Most people stick with traditions.

The third symbol is the infamous Green Light. The Green Light is located at the end of Daisy's dock in East Egg. Although it is barely visible from Gatsby's West Egg house, it plays a very important role in this novel. The Green Light most likely represents Gatsby's hopes and dreams for the future. At the beginning of the novel Gatsby associates the Green Light with Daisy as he reaches towards it. In a more general sense the Green Light is used to represent the American Dream. The...