Symbols are things used to represent other more in dept things. The main symbols in The Great Gatsby in my opinion is the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock, the “owl eyed” man, and the valley of ashes. The green light at the end of Daisy’s dock represents the hope that Gatsby has for their relationship. If you look at the green light even more in depth though it could be interpreted as Americans hope for their dreams because having Daisy is Gatsby’s American dream. He attained his entire fortune just for Daisy. The next symbol I notice is the Valley of Ashes which is an industrial ash dump in between West Egg, and New York. This, in my opinion represents America’s social and moral decline. Also, the eyes of Dr. T.J Eckleburg, this is the eyes painted on an old advertising billboard. I see this as being the eyes of God, watching over America’s societies and not being happy about how America is choosing wealth and status to be their new idol, instead of him. There is also the “owl eyed” man. I don’t know if this really is a symbol or not but the owl is a symbol for several things. In The Great Gatsby it could be interpreted as a symbol for death, and the book leads up to the death of Gatsby, Myrtle, and George. Maybe the “owl eyed” man’s first appearance in the book is foreshadowing for what happens in the end of the book, death.
The Great Gatsby