Themes, Motifs, and Symbolism Review. The Great Gatsby. Theme. #105: Theme: The fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. Sometimes said to be an underlying “message” of a story.
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MOTIFS: West Egg=newly rich and East Egg= old wealth
Valley of Ashes: Moral and Social decay of America
Weather: Often reflects the mood and meaning of the actions that the characters are making
The Eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg are a pair of fading, bespectacled eyes painted on an old advertising billboard over the valley of ashes—represent a few things: God staring down and judging society—however, they may take on different meanings as associated with each character.
Green Light: Gatsby’s hopes for the future (Daisy) Nick compares the green light to how the first settlers must have seen America when they sighted land for the first time