Rather than a celebration of such decadence, the novel functions as a cautionary tale in which an unhappy fate is inevitable for the poor and striving individual, and the rich are allowed to continue without penalty their careless treatment of others' lives. Cover Design by Dennis M. The romanticized American idea of going West to seek and make one's fortune on the frontier turned on its ear in the 1920's stock boom; now those seeking their fortune headed back East to cash in. I thought the book was about him. West Egg and East Egg, situated opposite each other, show the gap between the American aristocracy and newly rich entrepreneurs.
This fits into the greater theme of East and West sensibilities. Wilson kills Gatsby on the first day of autumn, as Gatsby floats in his pool despite a palpable chill in the air—a symbolic attempt to stop time and restore his relationship with Daisy to the way it was five years before, in 1917. It also signifies the green stuff money , his memories with Daisy and the gap between his past and his present. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. But, it is also analyzed as having multiple lenses.
He remarks on 'getting roaring drunk from sheer embarrassment' before attaching himself to Jordan, as he needs some sense of familiarity and also due to the fact that he is growing more fond of Jordon and so later on in the novel can understand how Gatsby feels for Daisy. Is he a good portrayal of reaching the American Dream? There is a lot of symbolism within the text, most of it having to do with morality and the 1920's. Gatsby and Daisy end up driving home together in Gatsby's car and on the way, accidentally end up hitting and killing Myrtle, Tom's lover. Stretcher bearers transporting wounded comrades were a common sight for frontline soldiers in the Great War, as in the image below. After Myrtle's death George Wilson and Mr. Drinking and Prohibition In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.
Or in To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses the physical and metaphoric sense of the mockingbird to convey the idea of innocence and the loss of innocence. Black color symbolism in the novel Black wheel represents mourning, black wreath shows nervousness and black rivulets show sorrow. Rain is also the backdrop of Gatsby's funeral. Scott Fitzgerald's famous jazz age tale. In fact, he struggles to reach at this position to win Daisy back. Nick visited his cousin, Daisy Buchannan, and her husband, Tom and recognized their friend Jordan Baker, an attractive young golfer at their mansion, in East Egg.
The reality, however, is not so simple. Eckleburg best exemplify this idea. Sometimes the gold at Gatsby's house turns to yellow. In George Wilson's mind, the eyes are that of God's. When the book was published on April 10, 1924, the critics raved. While the meeting is a little contrived and Gatsby and Daisy's reintroduction is awkward at first, it's quickly clear that Daisy still has feelings for Gatsby, too, and the two quickly rekindle their relationship.
As he observes Tom and Daisy's seemingly perfect but actually quite flawed life, he seems to be able to reserve judgment the way his father had taught him to, going so far as to accompany Tom into Manhattan to spend a drama-filled day with Myrtle and some other friends. This was a huge symbol of the darkness beneath the facade. While the theme of the story is that anyone can gain the American Dream the fast or illegal way but always with a consequence, Fitzgerald put great importance into colors and objects. The Fitzgeralds then moved to Rome for the winter. The fading may symbolize God's fading presence in the lives of the people at the time. All right, let's think of other things that are green: grass, Kermit the Frog, delicious avocados, and of course, money.
Daisy admits to having feelings for Gatsby, but seems like she's going to pick Tom in the end. The West was often seen as more honest and virtuous. It is clear from the fact of how Gatsby earns a lot of wealth to get Daisy back in life. Indeed, this topic is a default choice. The Great Gatsby was one of these books. Perhaps, the most obvious and clear explanation to Gatsby staring at the green light, dreaming of Daisy is the one of his longing for love and making plans for the future. The money they posses is to buy them the best and most expensive things to try and impress everyone else.
A number of tiny details depicting the importance of money and the carelessness in the 1920s society are found in the description of the cocktail parties, expensive evening dresses and jewelry, tremendously ornate houses and new cars. The people here were not as well off as their Long Island counterparts. As he is leaving the party that evening he witnesses a drunken man try to drive away from a crash that has knocked out one of the wheels of his car. It eluded us then, but that's no matter--tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. He rents a small house on , in the fictional village of West Egg, next door to the lavish mansion of , a mysterious multi-millionaire who holds extravagant parties but does not participate in them. In between all of the gaudiness, parties, and money was the decay, hidden by the city and the Eggs. The first thing you encounter in the book is Nick commenting on himself.
Nick later finds out that Miss Baker is a professional golfer, but could not recall a story about her. At the end of the book, Fitzgerald says Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. Nick invites Daisy to have tea at his house without telling her that Gatsby will also be there. In fact, Fitzgerald has used white color symbolism very effectively to portray Daisy character. This post is part of the series: The Great Gatsby Study Guide.