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04.04 Writing About ThemeAlyssa ShepardF. Scott Fitzgerald’s book, The Great Gatsby, and his short story calledThe Jelly Bean both give readers an insight to what the 1920’s were about and how times have drastically changed. Fitzgerald utilizes the effects of symbolism, irony and foreshadowing through both works to help him get hispoints across to the readers. The work that Fitzgerald has written showcasethe “American Dream” and how wealth and class influence everyone’s decisions and attitudes. By using foreshadowing, irony and symbolism, F. Scott Fitzgerald captures the way of life during the 1920’s and the importance of wealth.“But I didn’t call to him, for he gave a sudden intimation that he was content to be alone- he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and, far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward- and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock. When I looked once more for Gatsby he had vanished, and I was alone again in the unquiet darkness.” From the end of chapter 1, the Gatsby sees a green light and once the reader finishes the book it is obviousthat the green light symbolizes his yearning for Daisy and wealth. Similarly, the Gatsby’s wealth and success can be symbolized through his English clothing that he wears in chapter 5, this chapter involves Daisy. “Suddenly, with a strained sound, Daisy bent her head into the shirts and began to cry stormily. “They’re such beautiful shirts,” she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick fold. “It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such-such beautifulshirts before.” Daisy is impressed by the Gatsby’s collection of clothing and realizes his wealth. The Jelly Bean also uses symbolism when Jim returns home from war. “When the war was over he came home, he was twenty-one,his trousers were too short and too tight. His buttoned shoes were long and narrow. His tie was an alarming conspiracy of purple and pink marvelously

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