The Great Gatsby - Symbolism

The Great Gatsby - Symbolism
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Great Gatsby Lesson Plans

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald captures the ideals of a society obsessed with wealth and status. Set in the 1920s during prohibition, the story is narrated by a young man named Nick Carraway. Nick meets Gatsby, whose real name is James Gatz, at Gatsby's elaborate mansion in West Egg. The area is full of up and coming ‘new money.’ Young, handsome, and fabulously rich, Jay Gatsby appears to have it all, yet he yearns for the one thing that will always be out of his reach, the love of Daisy Buchanan. This absence renders his life of glittering parties and bright decorations empty and desolate.


Themes, Symbols, and Motifs in Literature

Reading Between the Lines: Themes, Symbols, & Motifs

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

One of the beautiful things about stories are the underlying lessons, morals, or critiques they contain. Teaching students to identify these hidden messages brings greater depth to their literary experiences. Storyboarding is a great way to teach the concept of themes, symbols, or motifs. It allow the visuals or symbols to tell the stories, making the ideas easy for students to understand and expound upon. With storyboards, students can reflect abstract ideas in a concrete manner, a useful tool for middle school or high school students.




The Great Gatsby

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Examples of symbols in The Great Gatsby | Symbolism in Literature

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  • EAST vs WEST
  • THE GREEN LIGHT
  • OVERLOOKING EYES
  • The division of East Egg from West Egg separates the newly rich from the historically wealthy families. In a way, east and west divides the upper class in two.
  • The green light symbolizes many things, principally, Gatsby's quest to obtain Daisy. The color of the light could be symbolic of the envy that Gatsby has over Tom, who has Daisy.
  • These all-seeing eyes watch the characters in the novel and ultimately act as a judge of their deeds.
  • THE VALLEY OF ASHES
  • "The Great Gatsby" Symbolism
  • OMINOUS WEATHER
  • The Valley of Ashes is a barren wasteland that separates the Eggs from New York City. It symbolizes the moral and social decay of America, portrayed through the working class.
  • Throughout the novel, various types of weather are used to foreshadow important events.
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