The Great Gatsby characters and symbols

Define this character: Beautiful, enchanting, unworthy object of dream, illusion of love with voice like money. Hopes her daughter is a beautiful “fool” Daisy Fay Buchanan
Define this character: hulk of a man, bigot, hypocrite, uses people, treats people like possessions, example of upper class values Tom Buchanan
Define this character: First person narrator, observes at first, finally judges, develops full moral responsibility at age 30 (turning point, loss of youth), represents the Midwest, believes old money is “careless” Nick Carraway
Define this character: Draws Nick into story, friend of Daisy’s, shows change in women during 1920’s, golf player Jordan Baker
Define this character: gambler, part of organized crime, involved with Gatsby Meyer Wolfsheim
Define this character: Trapped in hopeless situation, common man in material wasteland George Wilson
Define this character: Mistress of Tom’s trying to rise above station in life Myrtle Wilson
Define this character: Static character devoted to dream, symbol of American Experience Jay Gatsby
Define this character: American archetype (original, model), romantic figure with money, in a relationship with Ella Kaye Dan Cody
What does Green Light symbolize? in the beginning of the book: desire, dream hope & Gatsby’s love for Daisy
What does car symbolize? riches, nice, show it off, status- symbol of the American dream
What does Valley of Ashes symbolize? represents corruption, moral wasteland, alley of sin-> people committing adultery, leaving a valley of ashes -> pile destruction1. Modern world waste from industry/post WWI2. Materialism ruins wealth people and others3. Moral Values- sins such as adultery, breaking the law, lying and murder, wasted marriages, and lives
What does Seasons symbolize? phases or changes on one’s lifeSpring- Fresh start west to east- NickSummer- good times, parties, love, affairs, searching for dreamsFall- end of youth, dream gone, things fall apart, die or Jordan says that life starts over
What does Gatsby’s Schedule symbolize? hard work and study leads to American Dream of adventure and money, Irony is that he completely deviates from this intent by illegally obtaining his money
What does Settings (move from west to east) symbolize? all move west to east in hope of finding a better life, glamour, riches or escape (Gatsby, Daisy, Tom, Nick, Jordan). None succeed because all develop false values to adapt to lifestyle. Only Nick save himself by returning to mid- West
What does West and East Eggs symbolize? West= New money, fast money, rages to riches immigrant stock, showy and vulgar, wannabes (Gatsby and Nick)East= old money, inherited wealth of established families, snooty, upper crust, white palaces (Tom and Daisy)
What does Gatsby’s Shirts symbolize? enchanted objects
What does Parties symbolize? carelessness, low morals, vulgar behavior, drunkenness, waste, trash, chaos, accidents
Catherine Sister of Myrtle and approves of her affair
Klipspringer lives at Gatsby’s house and takes advantage of his generosity without having any real feelings for him; plays the piano at Gatsby
Owl Eyes simply cannot believe that Gatsby has real books in his library, and he seems to have a real fascination with the
Dr. T.J. Eckleburg Optometrist who is on a billboard to promote the business of an optometry
Eyes of T. J. Eckleburg Represents God

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