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Symbols in The Great Gatsby

The green light at the end of Daisy’s dock:

“...he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling.  Involuntarily I glanced seaward -- and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock.  When I looked once more for Gatsby he had vanished, and I was alone again in the unquiet darkness”  (Fitzgerald 25-26).  

What ideas/themes/concepts could this green light represent?  Explain.  


The valley of ashes:
“This is a valley of ashes -- a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens, where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through powdery air”  (Fitzgerald 27).  

What ideas/themes/concepts could this symbol represent?  Explain.  


The eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleberg:
“The eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleberg are blue and gigantic--their retinas are one yard high.  They look out of no face but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a nonexistent nose...But his eyes, dimmed a little by many paintless days under sun and rain, brood on over the solemn dumping ground”  (Fitzgerald 27-28).  

What ideas/themes/concepts could this symbol represent?  Explain.  

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