The second part to my AP Lang project for the Great Gatsby project (btw) I got a 90 on it. Which is amazing because my teacher is a cruel grader . Enjoy my metaphors.
The Great Gatsby is the Garden of Eden
“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember the advantages that you’ve had…” In consequence I’m inclined to reserve all judgments. (Fitzgerald 1).
Nick Carraway is the tree of life and death. Nick is conveyed metaphorical as the tree of life and death because he sees all, but doesn’t not always say anything. Nick observes the other characters in the book as a strong and overseeing tree would in the Garden of Eden. Nick goes with the flow of everyone in the novel even though he knows not all of their intentions are pure; Until the dramatic end where the true colors of the characters are shown. Like the tree of life and death in the Garden of Eden seeing Adam and Eve exiled; Nick stands firm at Gatsby’s funeral showing his true morals. He is good and sometimes bad because he does not speak up about the injustices that he observes, but at the end of the day Nick will stand in the truth that he believes is right. Nick is the silver lining in the book because he is the only one with a conscience.
The modesty of the demand shook me. He had waited five years and bought a mansion where he dispensed starlight to casual moths–so that he could come over some afternoon to a stranger’s garden (Fitzgerald 71).
Jay Gatsby is Adam from the Bible. Gatsby is conveyed metaphorical as Adam from the Bible because of Gatsby’s green desire for the golden luxuries and Daisy’s fiery white love is an exact mirror of Adam’s desire for knowledge; when he was convinced by Eve ignoring God’s warning to take a bite out of the forbidden fruit (apple) and damning all of humanity. Gatsby and Adam continue to mirror each other because the wrong doing of both are in the name of the one that has their heart. Gatsby’s first encounter of Daisy made him want to do better for himself; he started bootlegging to get his fortune for his house across the river from Daisy’s in the green glowing hope that one day he and Daisy would be together again. Adam’s wrong doing of consuming the forbidden fruit (apple) was done to please the naïve Eve .Gatsby and Adam continue to parallel each other because the two are the first of their kind; Gatsby is the first of his family to change in social standing and Adam is the first physical human crafted by God. Gatsby’s and Adam’s desire to be with their loved one came at a sinister ending resulting in the lonely tragic death of Gatsby and the exile of Adam from the Garden of Eden.
“It’ll show you how I’ve gotten to feel about – things. Well, she was less than an hour old and Tom was God knows where. I woke up out of the ether with an utterly abandoned feeling, and asked the nurse right away if it was a boy or a girl. She told me it was a girl, and so I turned my head away and wept. ‘All right,’ I said, ‘I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” (Fitzgerald 18)
Daisy Buchanan is Eve from the Bible. Daisy is conveyed metaphorical as Eve from the Bible because of her white purity status and ‘act’ like a fool attitude she possesses. Daisy, like Eve is easily swayed in thoughts, by others. That is why it was easy for Daisy to go ghost when the news of Gatsby’s death is announced; Daisy is a carless girl who did not care emotional deep for Gatsby, she only wanted the materials he could give her. Eve as well is carless because she did not care that God gave her the commandment of not eating the forbidden fruit; Eve did what Eve wanted to do and convinced Adam to eat from the tree as well. Daisy and Eve alike hid after their carless acts were committed. In the wake of their careless Daisy’s and Eve’s man suffered greatly. Gatsby was not grace by the presence of his love Daisy at his funeral and Eve convinced Adam to turn his back on God’s. Ironically Daisy and Eve are seen as white pure golden status women, while the acts the two were doing was that the opposite of pure. Showing that Eve started a curse of foolish and careless after her and Adam were exiled from the Garden of Eden. There was no hope for women to be truly pure again until there is a baptized re-birth.
“I found out what your ‘drug-stores’ were.” He turned to us and spoke rapidly. “He and this Wolfsheim bought up a lot of side-street drug-stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter. That’s one of his little stunts. I picked him for a bootlegger the first time I saw him, and I wasn’t far wrong.”
“What about it?” said Gatsby politely? “I guess your friend Walter Chase wasn’t too proud to come in on it.” (Fitzgerald 79).
Tom Buchanan is the serpent (the devil) in the tree of life and death. Tom is conveyed metaphorical as the serpent from the Garden of Eden because Tom is a liar, deceiver, and an adulterer mirroring the actions of the snake when he convinced Eve to eat the forbidden fruit from the tree of life and death; making her disobey the commandment God gave of not eating from the tree. Tom’s rosy wooing of Myrtle from her husband’s security ended in her untimely death because of the jealousy she felt towards the all perfect wife of Tom; Daisy. Tom like the serpent (the devil) always wants to be correct. Tom was so red-stuck on being the one to tell everyone about Gatsby and how he got his dirty money from bootlegging that he did not even care that he had a friend doing the same business as Gatsby. Tom’s double standard mimics the serpent (the devil) because the serpent really didn’t care if Eve ate the forbidden fruit because all was still good; he was really wanted Adam to eat the forbidden fruit (apple) because then he would be able to show off to God that he could persuade anyone to do anything. Like the devil succession of getting Adam to eat the forbidden fruit (apple); Tom was successful in his quest to show how corrupt Gatsby’s fortune is. Making Tom the self-righteous superior being in his eyes and the serpent (the devil) seem cleverer than God in the serpent (the devil) eyes.
“The bored haughty face that [Jordan] turned to the world concealed something…” (Fitzgerald, 57)
Jordan Baker is the Jordan River. The Jordan River is a river that Jesus got baptized in. Jordan Baker is metaphorical conveyed as the Jordan River because Jordan Baker is the new wave of women; whom are who more are outspoken, fearless, and demanding of their rights. Like the butterfly going through metamorphosis Jordan Baker has come out the waters of the Jordan River to give women a chance that was not insight. Jordan Baker’s dissing of Nick, by telling him about her engagement is something a women would not have done because it would have upset the man. The men were the alpha beings, but since women’s rights were becoming a hot button topic in the 20s when this novel was being written Fitzgerald had to showcase a juxtaposition between a white pure women like Daisy and a golden fierce women like Jordan Baker.
Comparing the characters
The character are a melting pot of greed, corruption, and growth. Gatsby and Daisy relationship is complicated. To Gatsby his love for Daisy never faded; even while he was trying to gain the status she wanted him to have. Daisy’s love for Gatsby was short lived. Daisy was more in love with the live that Gatsby could give her than the love he had for her. Nick and Daisy were cousins, even though they were cousins they were polar opposites. Nick was not really into material and Daisy was. Nick happens to like Jordan Baker who is a professional tennis player and a friend of Daisy. Jordan is the new wave of a women compared to Daisy because she speaks her mind even against men. Daisy was married to Tom a racist hulking man; whom is cheating on Daisy with Myrtle. Tom likes to be seen as an alpha because he is white, educated, and has old honest money.
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