lunes, 22 de agosto de 2011

The Great Gatsby - Symbolism

Symbolism is an aesthetic element F. Scott Fitzgerald uses throught the book to describe abstract concepts and ideas through objects, specially colors. One example of symbolism found in the book are the thick, round glasses of the"owl-eyed man" who first appears in one of Gatsby's parties (drunk and disoriented) and later he's one of the three men who attend Gatsby's funeral.

His glasses symbolize the blurry and distorted vision others had of Gatsby, who seemed to be a "perfect" and wealthy gentleman, but in reality he was nothing but a broken hearted man. In the middle of the rainy funeral, the owl-eyed man takes his glasses off and finally sees Gatsby's reality:

"I’d never seen him since then. I don’t know how he knew about the funeral, or even his name. The rain poured down his thick glasses, and he took them off and wiped them to see the protecting canvas unrolled from Gatsby’s grave... He took off his glasses and wiped them again, outside and in. “The poor son-of-a-bitch,” he said."

Another example of symbolism are the molar cuff buttons Mr.Wolfsheim wore the day he met Nick. The molars represent how Mr:Wolfsheim treats humans as merchandise and has no scruples about harming others in order to climb his way to the top. They also reflect his arrogance and unmeasured wealth:

"“I see you’re looking at my cuff buttons.” I hadn’t been looking at them, but I did now.
They were composed of oddly familiar pieces of ivory.
“Finest specimens of human molars,” he informed me.
“Well!” I inspected them. “That’s a very interesting idea.”
“Yeah.” He flipped his sleeves up under his coat."

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