The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby by Mind Map: The Great Gatsby

1. Motifs

1.1. cars

1.1.1. Page 20

1.1.1.1. The interior was unprosperous and bare; the only car visible was the dust-covered wreck of a Ford which crouched in a dim corner.

1.1.1.2. Throughout the story, we repeatably hear cars being mentioned in the story for example, the yellow coupe.

1.2. parties

1.2.1. Page 33

1.2.1.1. There was music from my neighbor’s house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whispering and the champagne and the stars.

1.2.1.2. Nick is describing the constant parties that Mr. Gatsby throws during the summer.

1.3. wealth

1.3.1. They had spent a year in France for no particular reason, and then drifted here and there unrest fully wherever people played polo and were rich together.

2. Themes

2.1. Alexander Garcia's Part

3. Symbols

3.1. green light

3.1.1. Page 160 Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter — to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning ——

3.1.2. In the story, the green light is used to symbolize the dreams and goals that one desires. For example, Gatsby dreamed of having a happy life with Daisy but he didn't live long enough for that to happen,

3.2. Valley of Ashes

3.2.1. Page 19

3.2.1.1. This is a valley of ashes — a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke...

3.2.1.2. The Valley of Ashes was purposely described as a dark place full poverty. There was not much here but ashes of the factories. The Valley of Ashes symbolized the failure of the American Dream.

3.3. The eyes of TJ Eckleburg

3.3.1. Page 19

3.3.1.1. The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic — their irises are one yard high. They look out of no face, but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a

3.3.1.2. The billboard advertising spectacles was not mentioned on purpose. The big eyes symbolized a god watching over the characters in The Great Gatsby.