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  • Chapter 1: The green light
  • Chapter 2: The valley of Ashes
  • Chapter 3: Gatsby's House
  • "If it wasn't for the mist we could see your home across the bay," said Gatsby. "You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock" (Fitzgerald 5).  This symbolizes hope because he is falling in love and will do anything for, and to get Daisy no matter what.
  • Chapter 5: Gatsby knocks over the clock
  • "About half way between West Egg and New York the motor road hastily joins the railroad and runs beside it for a quarter of a mile, so as to shrink away from a certain desolate area of land. This is a valley of ashes—a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat . . . where ashes take the forms of houses. . . ." (Fitzgerald 2).  The valley of ashes symbolizes that the poor are like outliers to the wealthy .
  • Chapter 7: Mrs. Wilson
  • "Gatsby hadn’t once 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" (Fitzgerald 5).  Gatsby's house symbolizes the hard work and dedication he put in to get his mansion, which is right across the bay from daisy's house.
  • Chapter 8: Gatsby's pool
  • “Luckily the clock took this moment to tilt dangerously at the pressure of his head, whereupon he turned and caught it with trembling fingers and set it back in place. Then he sat down, rigidly, his elbow on the arm of the sofa and his chin in his hand.”I’m sorry about the clock,” he said.” (Fitzgerald 86).  This symbolizes Gatsby's anxiety when he is around Daisy because he cant make up those 5 years they lost together.
  • "Wilson had discovered that Myrtle had some sort of life apart from him in another world, and the shock had made him physically sick" (Fitzgerald 7). Mrs. wilson symbolizes disobedience because she was cheating on her husband with a married man who was wealthy, unlike her and her husband in the valley of ashes.
  • "After Gatsby’s death the East was haunted for me like that, distorted beyond my eyes’ power of correction" (Fitzgerald 9).   Gatsby's death symbolizes that he died trying and not knowing what if, that he tried to capture his American dream, even if he didnt get it he tried and didn't give up.
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