The Great Gatsby By: F. Scott Fitzgerald ; Created by: Ryan Weng

Theme

F. Scott Fitzgerald's book "The Great Gatsby" is about society and social class and reveals that you are who you are born, and the wealthy determines the life. This theme is evident through the character of Jay Gatsby and the event when Gatsby throws all those lavish parties. The theme also reveals when Daisy left Gatsby and married Tom when he was still poor, showing the differences among the poor and the rich.

"I am still a little afraid of missing something if I forget that, as my father snobbishly suggested, and I snobbishly repeat, a sense of the fundamental decencies is parceled out unequally at birth." (Fitzgerald, Page 2)
"In June she married Tom Buchanan of Chicago, with more pomp and circumstance than Louisville ever knew before. He came down with a hundred people in four private cars, and hired a whole floor of the Seelbach Hotel, and the day before the wedding he gave her a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars." (Fitzgerald, Page 75-76 )
"'They're a rotten crowd,' I shouted across the lawn. 'You're worth the whole damn bunch put together.'"(Fitzgerald, Page 154)

Characterization

Jay Gatsby

Direct: "an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again." (Fitzgerald, Page 2)
Indirect: "He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning-fork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her. At his lips' touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete." (Fitzgerald, Page 110-111)

Meyer Wolfsheim

Direct: " A small, flat-nosed Jew raised his large head and regarded me with two fine growths of hair which luxuriated in either nostril. After a moment I discovered his tiny eyes in the half-darkness." (Fitzgerald, Page 69)
Indirect: " When a man gets killed I never like to get mixed up in it any way. I keep out. When I was a young man it was different—if a friend of mine died, no matter how, I stuck with them to the end. You may think that’s sentimental, but I mean it—to the bitter end. " (Fitzgerald, Page 171)

Symbol: The Green Light

The green light symbolizes the hope or the desire that Gatsby wants to get Daisy back again. But most importantly, it symbolizes the dream for the hazy future that Gatsby wants to reach. It's the light that represents the dream of Daisy, in the past, also the future ahead of him.

" 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 – to-morrow we will run farther, stretch out our arms farther…. And one fine morning----" (Fitzgerald, Page 180)
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Jinyong Weng
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