Great Gatsby Symbols
The Great Gatsby is considered a masterpiece full of controversy about the
1920's life style. Fitzgerald uses symbolism to express in a more detailed way
this life style of carelessness and corruption. These symbols are shown through
out the characters' actions and thoughts as well as in the setting created by
the author's imagination to stress a point to be caught by the reader's
attention. These symbols are used to elaborate the themes in The Great Gatsby.
Social status, one of Fitzgerald's themes is represented by the separate
settings of the novel. The new rich or "the less fashionable" people
like Gatsby and Nick lived in West Egg. Nick lived in "an eye-sore" of
a house between two mansions letting us know that he was between the rich but he
wasn't rich. Gatsby had a colossal mansion with a swimming pool and a tower
"spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy". They were both outsiders
from the world of the rich. On the other hand, the Buchanans lived across the
bay in the East Egg where the old rich, the people who had money all their life
and had never worked for it, lived. The Buchanans own " a cheerful red and
white Georgian Colonial mansion overlooking the bay". The difference
between the houses and the place they lived symbolizes their social position.
The old wealthy, new wealthy and...