The Great Gatsby2

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The Great Gatsby2



The Great Gatsby is considered a masterpiece full of controversy about the 1920's life
style. Fitzgerald uses symbolism to express in a more detailed way this life style of
carelessness and corruption. These symbols are shown through out the characters' actions
and thoughts as well as in the setting created by the author's imagination to stress a
point to be caught by the reader's attention. These symbols are used to elaborate the
themes in The Great Gatsby.


Social status, one of Fitzgerald's themes is represented by the separate settings of the
novel. The new rich or "the less fashionable" people like Gatsby and Nick lived in West
Egg. Nick lived in "an eye-sore" of a house between two mansions letting us know that he
was between the rich but he wasn't rich. Gatsby had a colossal mansion with a swimming
pool and a tower "spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy". They were both outsiders
from the world of the rich. On the other hand, the Buchanans lived across the bay in the
East Egg where the old rich, the people who had money all their life and had never worked
for it, lived. The Buchanans own " a cheerful red and white Georgian Colonial mansion
overlooking the bay". The difference between the houses and the place they lived
symbolizes their social position. The old wealthy, new wealthy and not even wealthy were
part of the theme of social status.
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