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In F Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby there are many symbols used Symbols are objects characters figures or colors used to represent abstract ideas or concepts Symbolism plays a key role in this novel Without symbolism this novel would have no real plot or theme There are five main symbols that are used predominantly in The Great Gatsby West Egg East Egg The Green Light The eyes of Doctor TJ Eckleburg and the Valley of Ashes The first symbol that is used is West Egg West Egg is a fictional area of Long Island West Egg is home to people that are considered to be the newly rich These people have just been given their money and all of the sudden are rich The people living in West Egg are vulgar cheap and corrupt Nick Carraway and his neighbor Jay Gatsby live in West Egg The second symbol that is used throughout the book is East Egg East Egg is a fictional are of Long Island that is considered to be home to the old rich The old rich have worked hard for their money and dont take anything for granted The people that live in East Egg live a more aristocratic type of life Most people stick with traditions The third symbol is the infamous Green Light The Green Light is located at the end of Daisys dock in East Egg Although it is barely visible from Gatsbys West Egg house it plays a very important role in this novel The Green Light most likely represents Gatsbys hopes and dreams for the future At the beginning of the novel Gatsby associates the Green Light with Daisy as he reaches towards it In a more general sense the Green Light is used to represent the American Dream The American Dream being the admiration for America as a new Eden optimism and the independentself-reliant person There was also a rise in materialism The fourth symbol that
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