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Flower imagery in The Great Gatsby brings about the idea of life and death and the unavoidable downfall of something beautiful. This symbolism compared to two characters in this novel and gives us a clear insight on their personalities. Daisy

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Flower imagery in The Great Gatsby brings about the idea of "life" and "death" and the unavoidable downfall of something beautiful. The notion of flowers suggests the idea of something being ugly, yet depicted as beautiful. Fitzgerald uses flower symbolism to symbolize his belief that the "Roaring Twenties" represented something momentary, passing by and far from permanent. The duplicate and fading imagery helps to enhance this theme. It also represents the transitory of life feeding into death in this novel. This symbolism compared to two characters in this novel and gives us a clear insight on their personalities. The first character is Daisy Buchanan. Image of Daisy at the start: In the beginning of the novel, Daisy is described as a pretty, gorgeous, happy and elegant woman just like the beautiful flower daisy. Nick tells us that she has "bright eyes, a bright passionate mouth, and gorgeous laugh" and describes her as an angelic figure. Her physical appearance was very appealing which it was attracted everyone to her. Nick was one of them who was mesmerized by her. Daisy's affection and personality had an effect on Nick. ...read more.

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They dance, kiss and she's seen at Gatsby's house often. In the end, she also tells Gatsby that she loves him, in front of her husband. This definitely shows that she is not 'pure' like how the flower is. 3. The flower daisy has a yellow/gold centre --> hard, greed, hunger for money. Money is what matter's to Daisy the most, centre of her cove. It mattered to her more than her relationships which is why she chose to marry Tom over Gatsby since he was not rich at that time. Relationships bond people together, unlike the case of Daisy where money ties her to her relationships. "Her voice was full of money" - She only wanted money, wealth & to be rich. - Materialistic- When she sees Gatsby's house, shirts etc. she falls for them and she's amazed. Corrupt. Very money minded. She dint really love anyone. Just wants the money and towards the end of novel we realized that her voice was full of money like G said. The way she spoke showed her hunger for money and materialism. ...read more.

Conclusion

Second character symbolized by a flower is Myrtle Wilson, Tom's mistress. Myrtle was very materialistic and capitalized her relationship with Tom since she was poor and could not afford luxuries. She craved for wealth and money. She also used Tom for granted. In chapter 2, when she met Tom at the train station, she bought magazines, cream and many other things. She also demanded for a puppy and bought that, all with Tom's money. The plant Myrtle is originally a climbing plant which needs support to live. This symbolizes the character of Myrtle. She was unsatisfied with her husband & resorted to an affair with Tom. Hence, she was insecure and needed support from some way both financially and morally. If the climbing plant does not have support it will fall down, just like that if Myrtle dint have Tom she would have no stability in her life. The plant Myrtle is generally used as an emblem of love. This is ironic as Myrtle dint love Wilson or Tom purely. She showed fake love towards Tom only for his money and took advantage of him. The above examples show us how flower symbolism is used to portray Myrtle. ...read more.

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