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Brad Nichols History/English Mr. Castello April 28, 2003 Cars in the Great Gatsby I. Cars play a very important part in the telling of The Great Gatsby. A. The Great Gatsby is a very dark, unhappy book, and the cars really exemplify this. "...cars change their meaning and become a symbol of death" (Dexheimer). B. Cars also give the reader insight into some of the different characters in the book. II. One of the most important jobs of cars in this book is to foreshadow upcoming events. A. . Throughout the book, there are many devastating and dark events that these cars represent. 1. A line from the book that really drives this home is, "So we drove on toward death through the cooling twilight" (Fitzgerald 143).. ...read more.


III. Another indicator of the doom to befall the characters in the book is the lost wheel, which comes up a couple of times. A. The first time this happens is after one of Gatsby's parties. 1. A drunken partygoer runs off of the road and breaks off his wheel. This partygoer is so out of it, that he doesn't even realize what has happened 2. The same can be said for the main characters. They don't really realize how corrupt they are and how they act towards other people. B. The driver states, "I know very little about driving-next to nothing. It happened and that's all I know" (Fitzgerald 59). 1. To which the reply was, "Well if you're a poor driver you oughtn't to try driving at night" (Fitzgerald 59). ...read more.


2. We know that the way in which Gatsby accumulates his wealth is not known by the other characters, and they think that he became rich by bootlegging. B. Daisy's roadster that she owns in the Midwest, however, is white, showing her innocence at that point in her life. The fact that the car is a roadster shows the reader that she has the potential to become corrupt, which did happen. 1. While Daisy is driving Gatsby's car, the car turns yellow. 2. "Yellow symbolizes money and corruption in the novel" (Symbolism in The Great Gatsby). "Instead of being a 'rich cream color,' a witness is quoted saying 'It was a yellow car,' implying that the dream is dead" (Swygert). V. cars play a very important part in helping portray the darkness in The Great Gatsby. The cars symbolize the death and despair of the story and help to characterize some of the main characters. ...read more.

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