The Symbolism Of Houses And Cars In The Great Gats

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The Symbolism Of Houses And Cars In The Great Gatsby

Rik Wyatt

The Symbolism of Houses and Cars
     Francis Scott Fitzgeralds novel, The Great Gatsby, is full of symbolism, which is portrayed by the houses and cars in an array of ways. One of the more important qualities of symbolism within The Great Gatsby, is the way in which it is so completely incorporated into the plot and structure. Symbols such as Gatsbys house, symbolize material wealth.
     Gatsbys house [is] a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy is a symbol of Gatsbys large illegal income(9). Gatsbys large income isnt enough The house he feels he needs in order to win happiness and it is also the perfect symbol of carelessness with money which is a major part of his personality (Bewley 24). Gatsbys house like his car symbolizes his vulgar and excessive trait of getting attention. Gatzs house is a mixture of different styles and periods which symbolizes an owner who does not know their true identity. The Buchanans house is symbolic of their ideals.
     East Egg is home to the more prominent established wealth families. Toms and Daisys home is on the East Egg. Their house, a red and white Georgian Colonial mansion overlooking the bay, is just as impressive as Gatsbys house but much more low-key (11). East egg and Toms home represents the established wealth and traditions. Their stable wealth, although lacking the vulgarity of new wealth, is symbolic of their empty future and now purposelessness lives together. The House also has a cold sense to it according to Nick. This sense symbolizes Toms brute ness, and as Perkins's said in his
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manuscript to Fitzgerald I would know...Buchanan if I met him and would avoid him, because Tom is so cold and brute (Perkins 199).
     Nick lives in West Egg in a rented house that [is] a small eye-sore and had
been overlooked(10). Nick lives in a new-rich West Egg because he is not wealthy enough to afford a house in the more prominent East Egg. His house symbolizes h...