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    Wow, it'd take a while for me to type all those out.

    Well the main theme is the corruption of the american dream. Another is new rich + old rich. Those are as far as I can remember unfortunately, but if you research you'll find out.

    As for how they're shown you'll have to find quotes for that.
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    Fancy typing them all out?
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    It took me hours to research them myself, you'll benefit from doing anyway.

    Get books - such as york notes.

    Go to:

    www.sparknotes.com

    Also google "Great Gatsby themes" and you'll find things.
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    (Original post by KdotKid)
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    The flaws in the American Dream:the American Dream is essentially about the hope of prosperity and success despite coming from a poor/humble background. There are many different ways to achieve this success though (through hard-work or more shady means).

    Elitism and racism: the American Dream is perhaps only attainable by those with a certain pedigree e.g. the racism of Tom, and the way people look up to Gatsby because they assume he is an 'Oggsford man'.

    Popularity: despite his percieved popularity, only two people attend Gatsby's funeral.

    There are a ton more, wish I could remember them from my c/w last year. I remember having enough to write about six essays. If you've read the book they should really jump out at you - some of them anyway.
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    Main themes?
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    (Original post by KdotKid)
    Main themes?
    God you're annoying. Do you really study English Lit.?
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    (Original post by KdotKid)
    Main themes?
    Let me guess, this is homework right? Annnnnd you haven't done it / can't be arsed to do it yourself?

    Ahh well we've all been there.
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    IB Higher English Essay.
    Don't have a scooby.
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    sparknotes. or cliffsnotes. LIFESAVER and i do feel ur pain i took IB english as well
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    Thank you.
    My god there is SOOOO much work.
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    They are all easily found on the internet
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    Symbols in the novel (colours are a huge symbol in the novel):
    1. The colour White- Façade (deceptive outer appearance) behind which characters hide. Represent beauty, wealth, innocence etc. Examples- Daisy and Jordon’s clothes, Gatsby’s suit, Buchanan’s mansion.
    2. Yellow (silver and gold) Represents wealth, corruption, dishonesty. Examples- the golden haired girls at Jay’s parties, Daisy’s accessories, Jay’s car.
    3. Green- represents rebirth, hope, youth, longing, calmness. Examples- Daisy’s dock light, the interior of Jay’s car, Nick’s grass. (Nick talks about the green light at the end of the book. He says “it eludes us then, but that’s no matter- tomorrow we will run faster, stretch our arms out farther…” Here, Nick links the green light to all of the characters, symbolising that everyone has something that they long and search for, something that is off in the distance, so far away, yet so near. At the end of c1, Gatsby reaches out to try to grab the green light on Daisy’s dock, therefore representing all of his longings and wants. Could also represent money (green paper of the dollar). Gatsby sees money as getting daisy.
    4. Blue- Represents heaven, fantasy, lost time, unhappiness. Examples- jay’s lawn (escape from reality), Tom’s car (unhappiness of marriage), George’s eyes (dreams of escape).
    5. Grey- Represents industrialization, dreary, bleak, lifeless. Examples- valley of ashes.
    6. Red- represents violence, death, abuse, destruction. Example- Tom, Tom’s carpets, Myrtle’s nose and then her death, Gatsby’s pool water.
    7. Water- represents barriers and boundaries, Gatsby’s restraints from Daisy, abandonment. Examples- Tea party rain storm, swimming pool (Gatsby dies alone her), Gatsby’s funeral.
    8. Eyes- Represents oberservant, their presence everywhere, watchful, non-judgemental. Examples- Owl eyes, Nick, moon.
    9. Cars- represent status symbol, carelessness, recklessness. Examples- The broken wheel, jay’s car, the drive to NYC.
    10. Eggs (white covered by yellow)- represents a pure façade, whilst rotten inside. Examples- Daisy’s clothes and accessories, Jay’s suits and accessories, new vs. old money.

    Hope this helps
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