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Gatsby Symbols

Examine the following symbols in The Great Gatsby. Describe the meaning/function of each symbol. Some of the symbols are characters and some of them are actions. Think about all of them in the following way: what is the function/meaning of this symbol?

  1. Gatsby's uncut books/Nick's unread books
  2. Wolfsheim's cufflinks
  3. Gatsby's car/Gatsby's clothes
  4. Tom Buchanan pushing people around/Tom Buchanan quoting things "he's read"
  5. The faded timetable (showing the names of Gatsby's guests)
  6. Anti-semitism, prejudice
  7. Weather
  8. Time, seasons
  9. The ash heap
  10. The green light at the end of Daisy's dock
  11. East versus West Egg
  12. Gatsby's career/Nick's career
  13. Dan Cody
  14. T.J. Eckleberg
  15. Silver and gold (color)
  16. White (color)
  17. Green (color)


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