The Great Gatsby

Theme:

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book The Great Gatsby is about love and reveals the characters’ love and how the relationships develop through the story. This theme is evident through the character of Gatsby and the event when Gatsby's house is directly across the Bay from Tom and Daisy's, allowing him to see the green light on the Buchanans' dock.

Quotes:

“Here, deares'." She groped around in a waste-basket she had with her on the bed and pulled out the string of pearls. "Take 'em down-stairs and give 'em back to whoever they belong to. Tell 'em all Daisy's change' her mind. Say: 'Daisy's change' her mine!'’( Fitzgerald 40)

“He nodded sagely. "And what's more, I love Daisy too. Once in a while I go off on a spree and make a fool of myself, but I always come back, and in my heart I love her all the time." ( Fitzgerald 72)

“Nevertheless you did throw me over," said Jordan suddenly. "You threw me over on the telephone. I don't give a damn about you now, but it was a new experience for me, and I felt a little dizzy for a while." ( Fitzgerald 97)

Characterization: Gatsby

Indirect characterization:."I wouldn't ask too much of her," I ventured. "You can't repeat the past. "Can't repeat the past?" he cried incredulously. "Why of course you can!". He looked around him wildly, as if the past were lurking here in the shadow of his house, just out of reach of his hand. "I'm going to fix everything just the way it was before," he said, nodding determinedly. "She'll see." (Fitzgerald 59)

Direct: ."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.( Fitzgerald 25)

Daisy

Indirect:. I did love him once," she says, "but I loved you too" (Fitzgerald 73)

Direct :.“I looked back at my cousin who began to ask me questions in her low, thrilling voice. It was the kind of voice that the ear follows up and down as if each speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again. 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.”( Fitzgerald 5)

Symbol

Green light : The green light at the end of Daisy's dock is the symbol of Gatsby's hopes and dreams.

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 to−morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . and one fine morning .So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

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