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The Symbolism Present in The Great Gatsby Symbolic representation is common amongst people and cultures around the world but it is also used in literature to change the meanings or instill a different meaning in the mind of the readers People hold different things to be symbolic Dove and peace rose and love they are simple yet symbolic In the novel The Great Gatsby written by F Scott Fitzgerald symbolic representation is present in many forms It is seen in the general color scheme used in descriptions a billboard Nick Carraway as Fitzgerald himself and the setting of the entire story Through this symbolism Fitzgerald creates an amazing American novel that has withstood the test of time and will continue to do so The popularity of this novel was heightened because of the obscure manner in which Fitzgerald uses to describe Gatsby Throughout the novel he adds to the readers curiosity about Gatsbys life by leaving them wondering about his personality and the bewilderment that was caused by his death Although other characters played roles subordinate to Gatsbys their lives as they relate to the story are a lot more defined and clear Fitzgerald describes the other characters with precision and deliberateness but Gatsby remains clouded Without that cloudiness the character of Gatsby as well as the book would not have captured the imaginations of so many people Throughout the novel the character of Nick Carraway can at times symbolize Fitzgeralds views and feelings about certain things Tom Burnam explains this in his 1952 essay For Fitzgerald-as-Fitzgerald and Fitzgerald-as-Carraway the gleeman of the Gatsby saga are not the same though both appear alternately throughout the novel interwining like the threads in a fabric whose sheen depends not only on the materials out of which it is made but on the light in which it is viewed 153 The entire story of The Great Gatsby is told through the eyes and thoughts of the narrator Nick
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