by: Jordan Granado A-3

Theme

In the Great Gatsby a central Human truth becomes apparent as the book progresses, this truth is that even with faced with impossible odds and you stand no chance of success, you can still have hope.

In the Great Gatsby a central Human truth becomes apparent as the book progresses, this truth is that even with faced with impossible odds and you stand no chance of success, you can still have hope. The theme becomes very apparent when Gatsby, nearing the end of the book, still doesn't give up hope for a better, brighter future with the one he loves.

Quote: He stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and, far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward – and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and farway, that might have been the end of a dock"(F.Scott Fitzgerald 21)

Quote: "...he says he's read a Chicago paper for years on the chance of catching a glimpse of Daisy's name."(F.Scott Fitzgerald 64)

Quote: "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that‘s no matter – tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther….And one fine morning.."(F.Scott Fitzgerald 180)

Characterization

Jay Gatsby (James Gatz)

Jay Gatsby is an interesting person who allows his passionate love for Daisy to drive his every action in life and ends up worse for wear afterwards. He is the type of person that is a joy to be around and his smile can light a room. He is a very rich man and prefers to live life in an exciting an young manner.

Quote: "He smiled understandingly--much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced--or seemed to face--the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just so far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey."(F.Scott Fitzgerald 76)

Quote: "His tanned skin was drawn attractively tight on his face and his short hair looked as though it were trimmed every day."(F.Scott Fitzgerald 96)

Daisy Buchanan

Daisy Buchanan is truly a thing to behold, with looks that put stars to shame and a playful attitude it is no wonder how she is obsessed over by Gatsby. She is married to Tom Buchanan and is in a Love triangle with Tom and Gatsby. Gatsby being the true love but out of sick fortune was wed to another. The others characters always revere her for her beauty but plays more of an object than anything in the book.

Quote: "Her face was sad and lovely with bright things in it, bright eyes and a bright passionate mouth--but there was an excitement in her voice that men who had cared for her found difficult to forget: a singing compulsion, a whispered "Listen," a promise that she had done gay, exciting things just a while since and that there were gay, exciting things hovering in the next hour."(F.Scott Fitzgerald 33)

Quote: "Her voice is full of money, he said suddenly."(F.Scott Fitzgerald 105)

Symbol

The Green Light

Easily being the largest symbol in the book The Green Light represents the past that Gatsby so desperately desires. It represents the greed for the Love he was never allowed to experience. The Green light is the Goal that Gatsby craves, it stares at him every night, peering into his soul, giving Gatsby hope for something that is sadly impossible .

Quote: "And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby's wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy's dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it."(F.Scott Fitzgerald 152)

The End

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JORDAN GRANADO
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