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SYMBOLISM IN THE GREAT GATSBY frazer mcintosh There are many reasons why F Scott Fitzgerald is renowned as one of the greatest authors of his time and one of those reasons is his sophisticated use of symbolism This is evident throughout The Great Gatsby one of Fitzgeralds most famous works While there are countless instances of the use of symbolism some of those most important to the themes in The Great Gatsby are the East and West Eggs the green light and the eyes of TJ Eckleburg From the very first chapter there is a noticeable difference between the two parts of the city In fact Nick make the point that West Egg is thewell the less fashionable of the two 9 The importance of this difference lies in the fact that one of the major themes of the novel is class and social standing Most of the characters face some sort of class boundaries so the East and West Eggs act as a symbol for the barriers by showing a physical separation of the two classes The people living in East Egg Tom and Daisy are the more refined of the two groups They represent the old money and are especially superficial and materialistic Those who come from West Egg on the other hand are not a sophisticated in the eyes of the East Eggers and cannot have a truly high social standing regardless of how wealthy they are since they are new money The social barrier is can be found in that Gatsby cannot have Daisy because she is a true rich girl and the fact that neither Tom nor Daisy are willing to accept what the see at Gatsbys second party even though Tom is being hypocritical when you consider that his own parties were no more refined in nature than Gatsbys Gatsby is hopelessly separated from his dream just as East Egg is separated from West Egg In
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