The Great Gastby Essay
He makes use of all the symbolic options to reinforce the messages of the novel. Characters can be used as symbols to highlight an idea. Fitzgerald uses Daisy to highlight the moral corruption of characters.Daisy she is described as ‘‘a silver idol weighing down [her] white [dress] against the singing breeze of fans.’’ White is a colour commonly associated with purity and innocence.A daisy, the flower after which she is named, is a gold/yellow centre surrounded by white. Daisies are also fragile flowers, and similarly Daisy is a fragile person who is unable to make her mind up.For me this is a symbol that helped me understand the moral corruption of the novel.He refers to the eyes when he tells Myrtle he knows about her affair; “I took her to the window….I said “God knows what you’ve been doing, everything you’ve been doing.
It is obvious that Tom knew about Daisy’s involvement in car accident because of his decision to leave town the day after the incident.Obviously the person who pulled the trigger, right?But what about other shady characters like Tom and Daisy Buchanan who lied to George in order to get “off the hook”?It must be stressed that Tom knew full well while speaking with George that afterward he would seek out Gatsby and try to kill him—and yet he does nothing.This makes him directly accountable for the death of Gatsby and thus morally responsible.The Valley of Ashes is a symbolic place used in the book.It is first introduced to us in Chapter Two, when Tom takes Nick to meet Myrtle Wilson, his mistress.Although George played an obvious role in the murder of the novel’s hero, Jay Gatsby, he was clearly maltreated and misguided by Tom and Daisy who through their moral carelessness caused him to commit murder.George does not deserve all of the blame for his actions because he was in a precarious mental state at the time and was egged on by immoral, self-serving characters.At the end of Chapter VIII, Nick sees Daisy “conspiring” with Tom—no doubt about their plan to literally leave their problems behind the next day.Daisy’s failure to come clean causes George to assume that Gatsby was driving the car and ultimately leads to his murder.