Symbolism in The Great Gatsby

Length: 3 Pages 874 Words

Many symbols are incorporated throughout F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece The Great Gatsby. As the story begins, these symbols are slowly introduced and start to show meaning as the story progresses. The characters Nick, Gatsby, Daisy, Pam, Tom, Jordan, Myrtle, and Wilson all give these symbols meaning by instilling them throughout the novel. In The Great Gatsby, three main symbols are introduced, the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleberg, the clock, and the green light on Daisy’s dock which all have very different meanings and are incorporated throughout the story. The eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleberg are a pair of fading eyes painted on an old billboard, looking over the Valley of Ashes. These eyes are said to be god’s eyes by Mr. Wilson, who claims, “God knows what you’ve been doing, everything you’ve been doing. You may fool me but you cant fool God!” (160) as Wilson stares out the window at the pale eyes of Eckleberg on the ratty billboard. They seem to be looking over the wasteland, comparing the land to American society. Wilson suggests that the eyes and god are connected, though this only comes to mind through his grief- stricken thoughts. The eyes, being very insignificant to the story, show the unsettling na Continue...

More sample essays on Symbolism in The Great Gatsby

    Symbolism of the Green Light in The Great Gatsby
    Symbolism of the Green Light in The Great Gatsby. It's funny how something as simple as a little green light at the end of a dock .... (356 1 )

    Great Gatsby
    .... The Great Gatsby, in a way which leads readers through discovery and changes. This was done by the structure of the novel, the use of characters, symbolism, .... (1455 6 )

    Analyisis of The Great Gatsby
    .... p. 33 Fitzgerald utilises symbolism in "ÂThe Great Gatsby"tm in order to reflect the dreams, aspirations, feelings and the characters in this novel. .... (1991 8 )

    Color SYmbolism
    Color SYmbolism. In the novel, "The Great Gatsby" , by F. Scott Fitzgerald, there are several colors used for symbolism. The colors .... (916 4 )

    colors in the great gatsby
    .... last time They of man about on Mark mental him five pure deeper was These empire, its and for and American Great two some a (Gatsby) time symbolism so one .... (1360 5 )

The green light represents Gatsby"tms goals and dreams, and how he will do anything for Daisy. This symbol is part of his American Dream, and is the main goal of Gatsby"s ultimate success which is to win back Daisy. The mist, which covers up Tom, little Pammy, and the house, is Gatsby"tms reassurance to keep time still, and block out what time has brought in between the two lovers. The scene starts with Gatsby entering Nick"tms house, finding himself standing there with his long lost love Daisy, whom Gatsby has not seen for about five years. Along with the eyes, a major theme of time is represented again and again throughout The Great Gatsby. Eckleberg, the clock, and the green light show a lot about the novel. The green light comes from Daisy"tms house, which Gatsby seems to obsess over. Gatsby is focused on one thing, and it is all to get the girl. "Gatsby, pale as death, with his hands plunged like weights in his coat pockets, was standing in a puddle of water glaring tragically" (86). Though Michaelis assures Wilson that it is an advertisement, Wilson still "stood there a long time, his face in the window pane, nodding into twilight" (160). Later when Gatsby and Daisy are over at his house, Gatsby tells Daisy, "If it wasn"t for the mist we could see your home across the bay. In this scene, the clock represents how much Gatsby wants to go back in time to be with Daisy. He enters the house to meet Daisy and the rain outside is getting increasingly worse, which shows the tension in their reunion.


Symbolism in Hemingway: The Old Man and the Sea
Symbolism in Hemingway: The Old Man and the Sea. The capture of the great fish is the climax of the old man's life and in the context of that life is fitting. (797 3 )

Religious Symbolism of Spirit
use of religious symbolism, let us look at one last representation, from Zoroastrianism. In that tradition, all was understood as the result of a great cosmic (2393 10 )

Symbolism of The River & The Road in 2 Works
Symbolism of The River & The Road in 2 Works. The 332). Eliot also asserts that the River "makes the book a great book" (Eliot 334). (2706 11 )

A Study in Symbolism
As might be expected, the symbolism in the play is used in the service of that comic view of human nature. My great-grandfathers and grandmothers, too. . . (1619 6 )

Cross Symbolism
There are other general aspects of cross symbolism, of which the ankh certainly calendar (Lambelet, Art treasures, 1968, p. 6), the first great collection of (1796 7 )

Allegory, Symbolism & Typology in Literature
Symbolism abound in both Hawthorne and Melville, from the overt symbols such as the red and refers to the idea of a pearl as something of great price, though (2992 12 )