The Great Gatsby By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

THEME

F Scott Fitzgerald's book The Great Gatsby is about how people want what they can't have and is shown throughout the book by Gatsby and his want for Daisy.

Gatsby reveals the theme when he is trying to convince Daisy to tell Tom that she never loved him.

  • "If it wasn't for the mist we could see your home across the bay," said Gatsby. "You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock." Daisy put her arm through his abruptly, but he seemed absorbed in what he had just said. Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever. Compared to the great distance that had separated him from Daisy it had seemed very near to her, almost touching her. It had seemed as close as a star to the moon. Now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one."(Chapter 5 Page 121-122)
  • ""I don't think she ever loved him." Gatsby turned around from a window and looked at me challengingly. "You must remember, old sport, she was very excited this afternoon. He told her those things in a way that frightened her – that made it look as if I was some kind of cheap sharper. And the result was she hardly knew what she was saying." (Chapter 8 Page 152)
Gatsby gets furious with Tom and what Tom has been saying to him.
Gatsby is trying to tell Tom that Daisy never loved and has only ever loved Gatsby.
Gatsby trying to convince Daisy to tell Tom the truth.

Jay Gatsby

  • Direct Characterization: "His tanned skin was drawn attractively tight on his face and his short hair looked as though it were trimmed everyday."(Chapter 3 Page 50)
  • Indirect Characterization: "He wanted nothing less of daisy than that she should go to Tom and say: " i never loved you." After she obliterated four years with that sentence they could decide upon the more practical measures to be taken."(Chapter 6 Page 109)

Daisy Buchanan

  • Direct Characterization: "Then I heard footsteps on a stairs, and in a moment the thickish figure of a woman blocked out the light from the office door. She was in the middle thirties, and faintly snout, but she carried her surplus flesh sensuously as some women can."(Chapter 2 Page 25)
  • Indirect Characterization: "Her laughter, her gestures, her assertions became more violent affected moment by moment, and as she expanded the room grew smaller around her, until she seemed to be revolting on a noisy, creaking pivot through the smoky air."(Chapter 2 Page 30-31)

Nick Carraway

Indirect Characterization: "When I came back from the East last autumn I felt that I wanted the world to be in uniform and at at a sort of moral attention forever: I wanted no riotous excursions with privileged glimpses into the human heart." (Chapter 1 Page 2)
Direct Characterization: "I never saw this great uncle, but I'm supposed to look like him- with special reference to the rather hard- boiled painting that hands in father's office"(Chapter 1 Page 3)

SYMBOL

THE EYES

Dr. TJ EcklEburg

They represent how God watches down upon us, creating and destroying things in and around our lives to better us as human beings.

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