What are the three main literary elements present in The Great Gatsby?

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Fitzgerald's artisitic triumph, The Great Gatsby, exhibits a literary beauty that sets it apart as the author makes great use of symboism, imagery, and figurative language.


1.  The green light on the end of Daisy's pier represents Jay Gatsby's American dreams of "winning the girl" and achieving monetary success.  It also symbolizes Daisy's being far away and unreachable, perhaps, even illusionary.

2. The disembodied eyes of Doctor T. J. Ecklesberg on the billboard that stands in the corrupt Valley of Ashes symbolize the blindness to their corruption that those of the Jazz Age have, as well as brooding presence over the slum area where George Wilson declares "God sees everything" after his wife Myrtle dies.

3. The colors yellow and white have great significance.  Daisy, whose car is white when Jay meets her, who dresses in white, and whose name suggests a white flower suggests innocence, naivete, and purity.  However, the center of the daisy flower is yellow, the color of...

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