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American Dream: The Concrete Embodiment of Symbolism in "The Great Gatsby"

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DOI: 10.25236/etmhs.2019.318


Chen Yongping

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Chen Yongping


"The Great Gatsby" written by American famous writer Fitzgerald is known as a masterpiece in novels throughout the world. In this novel, he described the social life of the American Jazz Age very well. The characters are meticulous and lifelike, which has become a hot topic in novel critics. What impresses people in this novel is not the distinct theme, but the use of symbolism to expose the theme to readers, which deepens the theme and makes the novel more profound. The significance of symbolism to the theme and the artistic effects it displays are revealed through the analysis on the specific application of the symbolism in the paper.


"The Great Gatsby", symbolism, concrete performance