Quote: "Not even the effeminate swank of his writing clothes could hide his enormous power of that body." pg. 7
Characters That Develop the Theme: Tom/Daisy -- wealthy, married, kids, the "perfect family"
Symbols That Develop the Theme:
East/West Egg- Where the rich people live.
Quote: This is a valley of ashes -- a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens." pg.
Characters That Develop the Theme: George/Myrtle Wilson-- Working toward achieving the American Dream
Myrtle -- She tries to acquire the American Dream by sleeping with Tom Buchanan
Symbols That Develop the Theme: Valley of Ashes -- Hopes and dreams have been burned to ash.
Quote: "As soon as I arrived I made an attempt to find my host, but the two or three people of whom I asked about his whereabouts stared at me in such an amazed way." pg 42.
Characters That Develop the Theme:
Jay Gatsby/ Jordan Baker -- They all achieve the American Dream by living in big homes and satin wealth.
Both are very isolated during gatherings.
Symbols That Develop the Theme: Gatsby's big mansion parties-- showing off wealth
Quote: "I had talked with him perhaps a dozen times in the past month and found to my disappointment, that he had so little to say." pg. 64
Characters That Develop the Theme: Jay Gatsby/ Nick Caraway-- Gatsby lives the American Dream by his own definition yet is quite boring in Nicks opinion.
Symbols That Develop the Theme: Gatsby's Mansion/ Cars -- Having lots of materialistic things to grab attention
Quote: "We've met before" muttered Gatsby." pg 87 "HE hadn't ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes." pg.92
Characters That Develop the Theme: Jay Gatsby/ Daisy Buchanan-- Gatsby has obvious feelings for Daisy and see's her in his mind as the "truly perfect wife".
Symbols That Develop the Theme: Gatsby's Clothes-- he throws them at Daisy to impress her.
Quote: "James Gatz -- that was really, or at least his legal name. He had changed it at the age of seventeen." pg. 98
"I suppose he'd had the name ready for a long time, even then. His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people." pg. 99
Characters That Develop the Theme: James Gatz/ His Parents -- James changed his name to hide the fact he came from a lower class family with parents whom were very uninspired people
Quote: "My Finn informed me that Gatsby had dismissed every servant in his house a week ago and replaced them with half a dozen others." pg. 113
Characters That Develop the Theme: The Staff-- The staff was proven to be not loyal towards Gatsby. They were bribed by tradesmen to tell them Gatsby's information.
Symbols That Develop the Theme: Gatsby's Wealth -- His money couldn't buy loyalty.
Quote: "But he had deliberately given Daisy a sense of security; he let her believe that he was a person from much the same stratum as herself -- that he was fully able to take care of her." pg. 149
Characters That Develop the Theme: Gatsby-- Gatsby continues to lie to Daisy about having lots of money and that he'll be able to take care of her financially forever.
Symbols That Develop the Theme: Gatsby's Wealth/ Family-- Gatsby had completely gotten all his money himself and now by spending it un-wisely he's not going to have money for long. His parents will not be able to support him when that happens.
Quote : " I wanted to get someone for him . I wanted to go into the room where he lay and reassure him: I'll get somebody for Gatsby. Don't worry. Just trust me. I'll get someone. " p165
Characters That Develop the Theme: Nick Caraway-- Nick tries tirelessly to get someone to come and attend Gatsby's funeral but seems to fail at every turn.
Symbols That Develop the Theme:
Funeral-- No one showed up to see and mourn the death of Gatsby
Murders/ False Confessions: Gatsby took the blame after Daisy murdered Myrtle for sleeping with Tom. Gatsby was so in love with Daisy he had no problem taking the blame. So in vengeance George Wilson kills Gatsby outside his home for a crime Gatsby didn't even commit.
In The Great Gatsby there are many themes throughout the duration of the book the one that F. Scott Fitzgerald focus's on is The American Dream. In chapter one Fitzgerald tells us that the The American Dream is all about being very wealthy and having the absolute perfect family. In chapter two he establishes that The American Dream can be accomplished by anyone but its very hard work and you must sacrifice somethings or put things on hold to accomplish it. Chapter three he states that you can only ever fully accomplish The American Dream by being wealthy. In chapter four he says just because you may have accomplished The American Dream but that doesn't mean you are an interesting person, people may listen to what you say but they may not be entertained. In chapter five Fitzgerald establishes that showing off all of your wealth that doesn't mean that'll make people fall in love with you Gatsby tries this method by showing off all his luxury clothes to Daisy attempting to share hos wealth with her to make her fall in love with him. In chapter six he establishes that in order for people to really believe you live/lived the American Dream you must hide who you really are by putting on a facade to others. In chapter seven he establishes that even though you have money and fully live the American Dream this will not buy loyalty and trust. People will sell your information and secrets to others in order to take what you have. In chapter eight Fitzgerald establishes that lying to your suitor and family won't help you achieve anything. You need your family as they are they most important, they are above living the American Dream. In the final chapter Gatsby gets murdered for the false confession of killing Myrtle Wilson. At his funeral Nick tries tirelessly to get someone to attend his funeral yet no one wants to go because of this lie. Fitzgerald establishes that no matter what you do in life whether you lived the American Dream perfectly that doesn't mean people will mourn over your death or even pay their respects. The green light in the book represents a "dream, goal, or hope" the American Dream is just like that because you have to have all those things to accompish The American Dream. Setting a goal is the first step to accompish The American Dream.