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Baz Luhrmann takes a unique approach in his film adaptation of thenovel with the same name by F Scott Fitzgerald With blockbusterstars such as Leonardo DiCaprio Tobey Maguire and Joel EdgertonLurhmanns Gatsby does an interesting job of tackling the socioeconomicstructure of post-WWI America Set in the Roaring 20s it is easyto see why revelry is so prevalent in the film as America had just wonthe biggest war so far of the century There are symbols imageriesand allegories in the film that Luhrmann did a great job of bringing tolife In order to effectively analyze the symbols imageries and allegoriesin Gatsby the said terms need to be defined Symbolism as defined byMerriam-Webster is this artistic imitation or invention that is amethod of revealing or suggesting immaterial ideal or otherwiseintangible truth or states Imageries is defined as figurativelanguage Finally allegories being defined as a story in which thecharacters and events are symbols that stand for ideas about human lifeor for a political or historical situation Now that these terms havebeen defined deciphering Lurhmanns work will be much easierThe first and easiest to point-out symbol is the green light at the endof Daisys dock which has several imageries wrapped into one symbolGreen obviously means go fueling Gatsbys desire to pursue Daisy Thegreen light is also shown a tangible explanation for Gatsbysdetermination and love for Daisy because it is unfaltering when timesare rainy and misty When Daisy has her doubts and eventually Gatsby isdestroyed by his love for Daisy the green light is ever-shining in thedistance Perhaps as a carrot tied to a stick on a rabbits back thegreen light was Gatsbys motivation to continue and not give up onhimself and Daisy Another symbol in Gatsby is the eyes of TJ Eckleburg which areon a billboard in the valley of ashes The gold-wire framed glasses onan impassive face represents more than an advertisement for a doctorthey depict a God-like character in the film Instead of using religiousrepresentation to describe
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