Imagery and Symbolism in "The Great Gatsby"
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This paper analyzes F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterful use of symbolism in his work, "The Great Gatsby", and explains how Fitzgerald uses it to illuminate attributes of characterization. In particular, this paper tells us why "The Great Gatsby" holds a significant place in American literature.
From the Paper:"It is hardly the plot which qualifies F. Scott Fitzgerald s The Great Gatsby for its place of importance in American literature. It merely involved a protagonist who clings to an adolescent crush, and his death at the hands an undeveloped character who, in the only purposeful action of his rather pathetic life, mistakenly murders the wrong man. At the time of its original publication, the novel sold less than twenty three thousand copies, less than a third of the author s expectations. Yet as a literary work, the novel achieved the status of Huck Finn, based upon its brilliance in style and structure.It is neither subject nor plot which serves to make a piece of literature great. It is a writer s understanding of human nature which is of primary importance. Theme and style are deeper than mereplot. Gatsby makes its greatest impact with its intense concentration on the understanding of a small piece of human experience. The reader leaves the novel with an admiration for Jay Gatsby, and a senseof loss at the pointlessness of his death. Gatsby is the embodiment of the myth of the American dream, which, though unattainable, is nonetheless worthwhile."
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