The eyes of God. "Somebody is always watching." One must also consider the description of the billboard. Fitzgerald tells us that it is a pair of eyes looking through yellow spectacles. There is no face. The eyes represent somebody always watching, the yellow rims represent the corruptness of society and characters, and the lack of a face represents the hollowness of characters.
First discovered by Nick, when he watches Gatsby standing on his lawn watching a green light coming off from the dock. He green light represents Gatsby's hopes and dreams for the future. Gatsby associates it with Daisy.
It represents the moral and social decay that results from the uninhibited pursuit of wealth, as the rich indulge themselves with regard for nothing but their own pleasure. The valley of ashes also symbolizes the plight of the poor, like George Wilson, who live among the dirty ashes and lose their vitality as a result.
The American Dream is what people perceive to be having a family, house, and car. However, although Gatsby possessed a mansion and riches, he was never able to obtain what he desired the most. What one can take away from this is that the American dream is a false reality. Wealth includes more than money, which is happiness. Therefore, one will never be happy with themselves because they will always desire more.
Many think that Gatsby's life is perfect since he is hosting parties in his mansion and because he possesses it. Although Gatsby's house is perfect, it does not provide him with the happiness he is searching for. The Gatsby mansion is grand on the outside, but empty on the inside. Never judge a book by it's cover.
- lives in West Egg (not as fashionable/rich) --> new people looking to make a fortune. New money, innovative, open.
- East (rich/old money) --> Daisy & Tom. East Egg is secluded. Tradition, inherited money, exclusive.
- Nick lives between 2 mansions
The West Coast represents the past and tradition. The East Coast represents future, innovation and modernity.
-Old Money is best represented by Daisy and Tom. The Buchanan's manipulated and destroyed the classes. They inherited all of their money and did not truly work and put in effort for their achievements.
-New Money is best represented by Gatsby and his illegal endeavors. New Money refers to those who have made their fortune within their generation. He lied and cheated through the system. Some work was put in to help them gain their wealth.
-No Money is represented by the Wilsons. They struggle to survive despite working the hardest among the classes. This class works in the labor field, working for countless hours without having the money to just throw around. This class went through misery as they work the hardest, yet are at the bottom. There is no barrier for them to break. They have no access to success, and must deal with the fact that they are part of the lower class.
with Old Money are much more Conservative while those with new money are much more flashy with their wealth. Those with new money are looked upon as less educated and less elegant than those with old money. Those with New Money have less social connections as they are products of the 1920's boom, where as those with Old Money have been around long enough to have had their wealth known and respected by many.