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Noble 1Jade NobleEngl1301 W02Mrs. HilbertDue 4/25/2016The Great GatsbyThe author of The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald emphases on a time period that shows the pursuit and corruption on the American vision. In this novel there is manydifferent literary elements. The literary elements that I believe are the most important are symbolism, theme, and setting. Symbolism is a very strong element that is used throughout this novel. Fitzgerald utilizes symbols such as color, “the Green Light.” The Green Light is used to symbolize or represents Gatsby’s hopes and dreams for the future. Gatsby has the American dream to become one with Daisy. “…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…” (Fitzgerald 24). The light is described as minute and far away because it seems impossible to reach. The most important theme of the novel incorporates a very much larger but less romantic opportunity. Fitzgerald utilizes themes of wealth, love, tragedy, and envy to express what influenced the decisions made by the characters. Finally, the setting is used to illustrate the location and time period taken place in the novel. The setting is over a few months during the summer of 1922. The location is set in an area, in the neighborhood of Long Island, New York. “…. On that slender riotous island which extends itself due east of New York and where there are, among other natural curiosities, two unusual
Noble 2formations of land” (Fitzgerald 7).When the novel begins, we are immediately introduced to our first character, NickCarraway. Carraway is the narrator throughout the novel and plays as the “middle man.”Nick has the righteousness of being the only character who changes significantly from the story’s opening to the finish. Nick is the cousin of Daisy Buchanan. Daisy and Tom Buchanan are married and their neighbor is Jay Gatsby. Tom Buchanan is an arrogant man that has a lot of power. He can be very aggressive and unfaithful. Nick does not like Tom at all. This can be told because Nick is the narrator, “straw-haired man of thirty with a rather hard mouth and a supercilious manner. Two shining, arrogant eyes had established dominance over his face, and gave him the appearance of always leaning aggressively forward … you could see a great pack of muscle shifting when his shoulder moved under his thin coat. It was a body capable of enormous leverage, a cruel body” (Fitzgerald 9). Gatsby and Daisy have known each other 5 years from the past. Daisy is very interested but since it is the 1920s, she goes for a wealthy man.