Great Gatsby's Dream

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Great Gatsby's Dream

A symbol is defined as something that stands for or suggests something else by
reason of relationship , association, convention, or accidental resemblance. In
the novel The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, he uses the green light, the
East and West egg, and T.J Eckleburg to show how the American Dream is present
and affects each of the characters. The American Dream is different for
different people, but in The Great Gatsby, for Gatsby, the dream is that through
wealth and power one can achieve happiness. The green light symbolizes Gatsby's
American Dream. Gatsby has spent his whole life looking for something better.
"So he invented the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would
be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end (pg.
29)." Gatsby was so determined to make a better life for himself, that he
invented up someone he would like to be. He did this all for money, success,
acceptance, and Daisy. Yet, no matter how much he acquires he never feels
complete. Even when he has his large house full of interesting people and all
their attention, he still longs for Daisy. He created in his dreams for the
future a place for her, and he will not be content to have that gaping hole. The
green light suggests about the American Dream is that the American Dream is not
material possessions, although it may seem that way. Gatsby only comes into
riches so that he can fulfill his true American Dream, Daisy. "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 (pg.158)..." In this quote Nick is connecting
the green light to all people. For everyone has something that they long and
search for that is just off in the distance. Fitzgerald uses the word careless a
lot in describing most of the people and events in this book. There seems to be
no fear of consequence, of judgment. So who is doing the judgment? That is, in
part, what the eyes of T.J Eckleburg are there for. These eyes are from a
billboard that looks over Wilson's garage. The eyes are mentioned whenever Nick
is there. They look over the situation, objectively, but offer a kind of
judgment on the characters and their actions. They are placed near Wilson's
because that is where some of the most selfish acts take place: Myrtle's death
and Tom's affair. All these crimes go unpunished. So the eyes ...