Theme:There are quite a few themes in this book like justice, power, greed, betrayal, and the American dream. But one of the biggest is social stratification.Social stratification is a society's categorization of people into socioeconomic strata, based upon their occupation and income, wealth and social status, or derived power. That's why Gatsby became rich and famous and threw all those big parties to get that status for daisy. A quote to support this is on page 5 "...with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool and more than forty acres of lawn and garden. It was Gatsby mansion." "This is just a little glimpse into the extravagant lifestyle of Mr. Jay Gatsby." "Evidently, money buys certain privileges in New York. Money, influence, and power are all closely linked in this society."
Gatsby is a outgoing man. He is rich. He has more money than you could think of. He started from the bottom and now at the top. He throws these huge parties but no a lot of people have seen him. He has some power in New York. He is in love with daisy. "My own house was an eyesore, but it was a small eyesore, and it had been overlooked, so I had a view of the water, a partial view of my neighbor's lawn, and the consoling proximity of millionaires—all for eighty dollars a month." (Chapter 1)"Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay." (Chapter 4)
Daisy is a beautiful girl married to Tom. She is Nicks 2nd Cousin. She has a past with Jay Gatsby though.She is a careless person as nick says. She ends up cheating on Tom with Gatsby. She runs over a women and lets Gatsby take the blame. She ends up choosing Gatsby over tom then going back to tom. She doesn't even go to Gatsby funeral when he dies and just just moves.She has a daughter and one day hopes she will be a fool for her daughters good."All right...I'm glad it's a girl. And I hope she'll be a fool -- that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool." "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy -- they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made" (188).
The green light at the end of Daisy's dock is the symbol of Gatsby's hopes and dreams. It represents everything that haunts and attracts Gatsby, the physical and emotional distance between him and Daisy, the gap between the past and the present. It represents a dream for Jay. The color green represents perfect to Gatsby. As nick says earlier in the book how Gatsby perfect law is GREEN."dream [that] must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it"