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The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald uses many symbols in order to emphasize its themes These themes mostly have to do with the American dream and its corruption Many of the characters in this novel are striving towards greater wealth and status They feel that once they get this everything will be prefect This is in the classic American tradition except that it has been corrupted by the means they are willing to employ to gain their aspirations Those who are already on the top of the financial and social ladder are a mockery to the American dream as well they are careless and self-absorbed They are not hard working in fact they are lazy and only seek to amuse themselves They do what they want for they have always had their money to get them out of trouble The dream is shown as much better than the reality turns out to be The theme of social status and class is very important in this novel It gets in the way of almost every character and his or her dreams East Egg and West Egg acts as a symbol of this theme Tom and Daisy live in East Egg which is far more refined and well bred They have inherited their money and status so it has always been there and thus have no concept of what it is like to work for anything Nick and Gatsby live in West Egg which is for people who have the money but dont have status to back it up The green light shines from the East Egg enticing Gatsby towards his ultimate goal Daisy who he has worked his whole life for and has already risen himself to his wealthy position in order to be closer to Unfortunately Daisy lives on East Egg across the bay form Gatsby The barrier that the water creates between these two different worlds in symbolic of the barrier that keeps
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