Symbolism in "The Great Gatsby" to Expose Immorality of American Culture Analytical Essay

Symbolism in "The Great Gatsby" to Expose Immorality of American Culture
An analysis of the symbolism in F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby".
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Published on May 26, 2015

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"The novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald uses literary devices such as symbolism to exhibit underlying themes relevant to society during the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties. It is the story of a mysterious man named Jay Gatsby, and his pursuit of a hollow love interest in Daisy Buchanan, a wealthy, beautiful woman from the East Egg, Long Island. Symbolic elements are utilized to reveal underlying themes of the novel, exhibited in objects, as well as characterization of certain personalities. Symbolism in the color yellow obscured by a superficial white exterior, as well as the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg and the owl eyed man reveal Fitzgerald's perspective of the corruption of the upper class, as well as God's judgment of society's moral decay.
"The use of color symbolism is exhibited in two prime examples: the wealthy society of the 'Eggs', as well as characterization of Daisy Buchanan. Both eggs and daisies exhibit a white exterior, with a heart that is yellow. White represents purity and innocence, which is seemingly depicted through Daisy initially: "They [Daisy Buchanan and Jordan Baker] were both in white" (Fitzgerald 9) and often are portrayed as so, so Daisy seems to be fragile and untainted. She is later revealed to be corrupt when she kills Myrtle Wilson while driving Gatsby's yellow car, and allowing the blame to fall upon Gatsby's name without objection from her conscience. The eggs represent unscrupulousness of the upper class as they are seemingly decent, but instead morally corrupt. The East Egg represents 'Old Money' that has been passed down from generation to generation while the West Egg represents 'New Money' that the people have newly earned."

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