Jay Gatsby

Earl Lovell

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The Green Light

The green light is a symbol for Gatsby mainly for its location. The Green light is found on at the end of Daisy's dock, across the bay from Gatsby's house. He can see the green light every night and day, reminding him of what he and Daisy had, how close he was to having her, but yet so far away from having her at the same time.
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His Books

Gatsby's library is a big symbol of his life. The books back then came uncut, meaning you would have to cut the pages to be able to read them. When Owl-Eyes was looking through the books, he found that most were uncut. This means that Gatsby never really read the books, he just wanted to look like a well educated Oxford man, when he really only went to Oxford for a little while after the War. The books being uncut, symbolizes along with Gatsby lying about his past and the facade he is putting on.

"See!" he cried triumphantly. "It's a bona-fide piece of printed matter. It fooled me. This fella's a regular Belasco. It's a triumph. What thoroughness! What realism! Knew when to stop, too - didn't cut the pages. But what do you want? What do you expect?" (Page 46)

I chose this quote because it can kind of give a better idea about how other people feel about Jay Gatsby. Owl-Eyes is the one who said this quote about Gatsby, and he means it as in he doubted Gatsby. He didn't believe any of things about him and thought he was a fraud, and just bought all the books to look like he was well educated. As it turned out, the books were indeed real, with real words, and Owl-Eyes couldn't have been more surprised. It goes to show how some people judged Gatsby without knowing him and assumed he was a fraud and lying about everything he did.

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Mysterious, Wealthy, Passionate, Popular

Son of Henry C. Gatz

Lover of Daisy, Popularity, Money

Who feels love for Daisy, Anger from Tom, a need for Daisy's attention

Who needs Daisy's love, Nick's help, Popularity

Who gives wild parties, everything for Daisy, trust to Nick

Who fears losing Daisy, being exploited, Being a loser

Who would like to see Daisy leave Tom, Nick work with him, Daisy be with him

Resident of West Egg, NY