The Great Gatsby By syed imam

THEME

F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is about James Gatz, a poor farm boy who manages to reinvent himself as a famously rich Jay Gatsby, only to be killed after an attempt to get back with his old love Daisy Buchanan and reveals that love is very complex. This theme is evident through the character of Gatsby and Daisy and the event when Gatsby was trying to confront Tom that Gatsby is Daisy's true love.

  • "They weren't happy, and neither of them had touched the chicken or the ale—and yet they weren't unhappy either. There was an unmistakable air of natural intimacy about the picture and anybody would have said that they were conspiring together"(Fitzgerald 140).
  • "You must know Gatsby." "Gatsby?" demanded Daisy. "What Gatsby?" (Fitzgerald 19)
  • "I'd been writing letters once a week and signing them: "Love, Nick," and all I could think of was how, when that certain girl played tennis, a faint mustache of perspiration appeared on her upper lip. Nevertheless there was a vague understanding that had to be tactfully broken off before I was free” (Fitzgerald 53)

Characterization : Gatsby

  • "He had one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life" (Fitzgerald 44)
  • "In a white flannel suit,silver shirt, and gold-colored tie, hurried and dark signs of sleeplessness beneath my eyes" (Fitzgerald 84)

CHARACTERIZATION : Nick Carraway

  • In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since. Whenever you feel like criticizing any one," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had.” ( Fitzgerald 1)
  • "But his hear was in a constant, turbulent riot. The most grotesque and fantastic conceit haunted him in his bed at night" ( Fitzgerald 99)

SYMBOL : GREEN LIGHT

The green light is at Daisy's house and it is visible from Gatsby's house. This represent Gatsby's hopes and dream for the future. Gatsby associates it with Daisy, and in Chapter 1 he reaches toward it in the darkness as a guiding light to lead him to his goal. "single green light" on Daisy's dock that Gatsby gazes wistfully at from his own house across the water represents the "unattainable dream," the "dream [that] must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it" ( Fitzgerald )

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