It was testimony to the romantic speculation he inspired that there were whispers about him from those who had found little that it was necessary to whisper about in this world." (48)“Some time before he introduced himself I’d got a strong impression that he was picking his words with care." (53)“ ‘I’m going to make a big request of you today,’ he said…, ‘so I thought you ought to know something about me. You see I usually find myself among strangers because I drift here and there trying to forget the sad thing that happened to me.’" (71-72).“It was when curiosity about Gatsby was at its highest that the lights in his house failed to go on one Saturday night…." (119)“ ‘Of course we was broke up when he run off from home, but now I see there was a reason for it. And ever since he made a success he was very generous with me.’ " (181)“And as I sat there, brooding on the old unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock.
He had come a long way to this blue lawn and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it.
There are many symbols in The Great Gatsby, but perhaps none so evident and so metaphorically powerful as the eyes on the billboard.
While this symbol seems to play a marginal role, it actually holds far deeper significance to the novel’s intent.
Yet, is there the possibility to read this novel as a comedy?
There are certainly many comedic episodes throughout the novel, such as the scene in which Owl Eyes goes to the library because he believes books will sober him up.
Symbols are usually referred to as “objects, characters, or colors used to represent abstract ideas or concepts” (Bloom 25).
In other terms, “symbol is an element of imagery, in which a concrete object stands not only for itself but for some abstract idea as well” (Layng 102).
All five incorporate at least one of the themes found in “The Great Gatsby” and are broad enough so that it will be easy to find textual support, yet narrow enough to provide a focused clear thesis statement.
These thesis statements for “The Great Gatsby” offer a summary of different elements that could be important in an essay but you are free to add your own analysis and understanding of the plot or themes to them.