The Great Gatsby Analysis
- Jay Gatsby represents the American Dream. Coming from nothing, Gatsby becomes a Major in the Army, makes a large fortune as a bootlegger, and eventually gets the girl of his dreams. That his life comes crashing down around him symbolizes the death of the American Dream, which Fitzgerald criticizes for its materialism and superficiality.
- For Gatsby, the green light on Daisy's dock symbolizes love, hope, and the desire for something that ultimately proves unattainable, as Gatsby dies in his quest to attain the American Dream. This green light becomes a powerful symbol of Gatsby's obsession with an ideal.
- East Egg and West Egg symbolize the physical and social divide between the old money (as represented by Tom Buchanan) and the new money or nouveau riche (as represented by Jay Gatsby). This divide corresponds to a difference in class, social status, and respectability.