Metaphors in The Great Gatsby

Discussion and analysis of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

This paper introduces, discusses, and analyzes the book, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Specifically, it explains how the author uses locations as metaphors for the characters and their emotions.
Metaphors abound in The Great Gatsby, and they all come together in the tragic ending of a life and a lifestyle that is long gone. The American dream of happiness had been corrupted into the American quest for money, and Fitzgerald uses a variety of literary techniques to get his theme across to the reader. One of the metaphors prevalent throughout the book is the green light perched on Buchanan’s dock. Fitzgerald writes, Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever…. Now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one (Fitzgerald 98). The light appears repeatedly throughout the novel, and as the novel reaches its apex, the light appears again, as a beacon promising a brighter future.