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How are the seasons used in constructing the novel The Great Gatsby?

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Posted May 5, 2010 at 6:38 AM via web

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How are the seasons used in constructing the novel The Great Gatsby?

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teacher2011 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 5, 2010 at 9:24 AM (Answer #1)

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The story begins in late spring/early summer. The season is typically symbolic of renewal or newness as trees, flowers, and the earth seems to come to life. This season is reflective of the hope Gatsby has for the future in his attempt to find and develop a relationship with Daisy. Summer is when the earth is in full bloom and the growth on earth comes to fruition and reaches its peak. This coincides with the relationship and the seeming fulfillment of Gatsby’s dream to be reunited with Daisy. Finally, the summer ends, and, as we know, in the fall plants and leaves begin to die and life seems to come to an end. This season reflects the end of Gatsby’s relationship and hope for a future with Daisy, and this also reflects his ultimate demise.

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