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F. Scott Fitzgerald utilizes symbolism, dark diction, and repetition, in The Great Gatsby, to elucidate the social decay between the wealthy and poor

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´╗┐Martin Melissa Martin Ms. Migliaro AP Literature and Composition 12 October 2012 The American Dream is Crumbling F. Scott Fitzgerald utilizes symbolism, dark diction, and repetition, in The Great Gatsby, to elucidate the social decay between the wealthy and poor to demonstrate that the American dream is crumbling. Throughout the novel, Fitzgerald gives the valley of ashes a significant meaning; it represents the social deterioration among classes. The American dream is ?crumbling? before America?s eyes through the symbolism of the valley of ashes to emphasize how the poor are the victims of the rich?s greed and corruption (27). In addition, the valley of ashes is used to portray that the poor citizens? final destination in life is between the West Egg and New York because they do not belong with the rich, ?where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys? (27). Fitzgerald compares a house, which is something an American dreams about owning, to ashes in order to symbolize that there is a social decay in society. ...read more.

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The wealthy are able to fulfill their wants because they have money, but people in the valley of ashes, like Wilson, hardly live their life and are spiritless. Therefore, the wealth?s successful lives compared to the mediocre lives of the poor expresses that the American dream is dying because only the rich are prosperous. The characteristics of Wilson can be suitable for anyone who lives in the valley of ashes because their low rank in society does not let them live the dream. In addition to symbolism, dark diction is also utilized to enforce that the American dream is deteriorating. Fitzgerald uses the word ?ashes? to portray that everything is lifeless in the valley of ashes because the citizens who inhabit the area are not able to live the American dream (27). The poor live in the shadows of the wealth?s dreams. The valley of ashes also is something very unnoticeable and insignificant because it shrinks ?away from a certain desolate area of land? (27). ...read more.

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He also repeats the dull word ?gray? in order to highlight that the people in the valley of ashes are spiritless and worthless to America. The readers can clearly see that there is a distinct unfairness between the classes because only the rich can live the dream because they are at the top of society. In conclusion, repetition is a key component of emphasizing the crumbling of society. Fitzgerald uses repetition, gloomy diction, and symbolism in order to prove the deterioration of the American dream. His repetition constantly reminds the reader that the poor are the remains of the rich and that they live in the shadows of the wealthy. Also, Fitzgerald?s dark diction gives the reader a connotation that the wealthy look down on the poor because they feel that they are superior due to their social class. Lastly, his symbolism of the valley of ashes proves that social class in society is crucial and if someone is not in the top class, they end up in the valley of ashes because they cannot live the American dream. ...read more.

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