The reason that these women are indicative of the generation is because of their self-absorbed characters and egotistical nature.
Also, the food served at Gatsby’s parties symbolizes the attitudes of most people living in the 1920’s.
Scott Fitzgerald, is about the American Dream, and the downfall of those who attempt to capture its illusionary goals.
This dream has varying significances for different people but in The Great Gatsby, for Jay, the dream is that through wealth and power, one can acquire happiness.
It exists in the world of money and corruption but is not of it. Mecklenburg’s eyes is used to signify an ever-watchful godlike figure.
” (Lewis 48) In the novel The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses the uses of literary technique of symbolism to reflect what life in the 1920s was like, through Fitzgerald’s eyes. “Just as Wilson comes half consciously to identify the eyes of Doctor T. Eckleburg with God, so the reader gradually becomes aware of them as representing some kind of detached intellect, brooding gloomily over life in the bleak waste land surrounding it, and presiding fatalistically over the little tragedy enacted as if in sacrifice before it.
Soon he meets Nick Caraway, a cousin of Daisy, who agrees to set up a meeting, “He wants to know…if you’ll invite Daisy to your house some afternoon and then let him come over.
” Gatsby’s personal dream symbolizes the larger American Dream where all have the opportunity to get what they want. ” Jay cannot accept that the past is gone and done with.
Knowing he could not marry her because of the difference in their social status, he leaves her to accumulate his wealth to reach her economic and social standards.
Once he acquires this wealth, he moves near to Daisy, “Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay,” and throws extravagant parties, hoping by chance she might show up at one of them.