Abstract：Francis Scott Fitzgerald, a widely recognized great writer in the twentieth century, is regarded as a member of the "Lost Generation" of that age. The Great Gatsby is extensively accepted as a classic of American literature. It is not only a great story, but an insight into the flaws of real life during the "Roaring Twenties".
This paper analyzes the novel in the perspective of symbolism. It consists of five parts. Chapter one introduces the writer along with the age he lived and rough symbolic application occurred in this novel. Chapter two analyzes the symbols and the functions of symbolism in literature. Chapter three focuses on the "colors", colors symbolize many different intangible ideas in the novel. The following chapter discusses the settings, with which Fitzgerald made great achievements in his career as a novel-writer. Based on above chapters, Chapter five makes a conclusion for this paper.
The Great Gatsby is worth studying for its successful and artful application of symbolism as well as excellent narrative technique. By using the symbolism, the author vividly depicted his thoughts and view towards the age his lived. Therefore this paper will emphasize on clarifying the implicit meaning of these symbols to readers, so that readers can get the deeper comprehension of The Great Gatsby.
Key words: symbolism, color, setting