Interpretation

In the following sections, you can find advice for your interpretation of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

First, we will take a look at the central themes of the novel, considering its perspective on both love and death, but focusing especially on the image it presents of the American Dream.

Secondly, we will consider some of the most important symbols in the story in greater detail, such as the eyes of Doctor TJ Eckleburg, or the green light at the bay. We will even consider the symbolism of some of the novel’s key characters, specifically Daisy and Gatsby himself.  

Finally, we will take a look at the main messages the story presents, such as its warning against the emptiness of upper-class life and its criticism of the ideal of the American Dream - as conveyed through the dialogue of characters like Daisy and Nick.