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1 The valley of ashes represents a modern world which like a grotesque hell created by the industry of factories and trains and has polluted America with its waste The valley symbolizes a world whose inhabitants are so spiritually lost they like Myrtle begin to worship money and wealth The frontier promise has been corrupted by the lies of greed and the emptiness of a dream based on wealth2 The eyes of Dr TJ Eckleburg represent Fitzgeralds feeling that God and religion had taken a less substantial role in comparison with the gods that wield the powers of wealth status and greed The character has a godly presence associated with him and is confused by Wilson as such The billboard represents a God who has been created by modern society to make money3 Green in the story is the color of promise of hope renewal and ultimately the color to which Gatsby will stretch his arms for He makes the color the embodiment of his dream for the future to reunite with Daisy is that dream Through the light he strives for a better world where the longing in his heart for Daisy is fulfilled4 The owl-eyed man represents the truth behind a hidden facade for the purpose of material superiority as was the case with Gatsby and the books in the library He also symbolized the possibly of world based not on materialism but intellect as he is the only one out of the partygoers to come to Gatsbys funeral5 Gatsbys boyhood schedule tells the determination that Gatsby has had for all things materialistic but in the end he is destroyed by his materialistic illusions of Daisy just as the fresh American frontier was converted into the valley of ashes and the green light becomes nothing but a bulb at the end of Daisys dock6 Daisys character is enhanced by Fitzgeralds use of the color white to indicate Daisys freshness and innocence Fitzgerald evokes
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