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Great Gatsby and its Themes A good novel has a number of themes The following are important themes of The Great Gatsby The corruption of the American dream sight and insight the meaning of the past and the education of a young man The American Dream was based on the assumption that each person no matter what his origins could succeed in life on the sole basis of his or her own skill and effort The dream was embodied in the ideal of the self-made man just as it was embodied in Fitzgeralds own family by his grandfather P F McQuillan The Great Gatsby is a novel about what happened to the American dream in the 1920s a period when the old values that gave substance to the dream had been corrupted by the vulgar pursuit of wealth The characters are Midwesterners who have come East in pursuit of this new dream of money fame success glamour and excitement Tom and Daisy must have a huge house a stable of polo ponies and friends in Europe Gatsby must have his enormous mansion before he can feel confident enough to try to win Daisy The energy that might have gone into the pursuit of noble goals has been channeled into the pursuit of power and pleasure and a very showy but fundamentally empty form of success The characters might be divided into three groups 1 Nick the observer and commentator who sees what has gone wrong 2 Gatsby who lives the dream purely and 3 Tom Daisy and Jordan the foul dust who are the prime examples of the corruption of the dream The primary images and symbols that Fitzgerald employs in developing the theme are 1 the green light 2 the eyes of Dr T J Eckleburg 3 the image of the East and Midwest 4 Owl Eyes 5 Dan Codys yacht and 6 religious terms such as grail and incarnation Both the character groupings
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