The Great Gatsby Elizabeth camacho A1

Theme

Appearances

One theme in the book is how appearances are so important to society, it's shown in the novel whenever people wanted to go to Gastsby's parties and take advantage of the luxuries he had and make them theirs'.

Three quotes that reflects this statement are:

  • "On buffet tables, garnished with glistening hors-d'oeuvre, spiced baked hams crowded against salads of harlequin designs and pastry pigs and turkeys bewitched to a dark gold." (Fitzgerald 42)
  • "I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby's house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited." (Fitzgerald 43)
  • "Sometimes they came and went without having met Gatsby at all, came for the party with a simplicity of heart that was its own ticket of admission." (Fitzgerald 44)

Characterization

Tom Buchanan

Direct characterization. ""She's not leaving me!" Tom's words suddenly leaned down over Gatsby. "Certainly not for a common swindler who'd have to steal the ring he put on her finger." (Fitzgerald 125)

Indirect characterization. "Tom's got some woman in New York."

Jay Gatsby

Direct characterization. ""Good night." He smiled - and suddenly there seemed to be a pleasant..." (Fitzgerald 55)

Indirect characterization. "...there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life..." (Fitzgerald 10)

Symbol

The eyes

The eyes represent envy that people have. Also, how Daisy was corcerned about her image if she got a divorce. And I related it directly with Wilson on my quote. "God sees everything." (Fitzgerald 150)

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