The Great Gatsby

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Gatsby's Mansion Symbol Analysis

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Gatsby's mansion symbolizes two broader themes of the novel. First, it represents the grandness and emptiness of the 1920s boom: Gatsby justifies living in it all alone by filling the house weekly with "celebrated people." Second, the house is the physical symbol of Gatsby's love for Daisy. Gatsby used his "new money" to create a place that he thought rivaled the houses of the "old money" that had taken her away.
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Gatsby's Mansion Symbol Timeline in The Great Gatsby

The timeline below shows where the symbol Gatsby's Mansion appears in The Great Gatsby. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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Every Saturday night, Gatsby throws incredibly luxurious parties at his mansion. Nick eventually receives an invitation. At the party, he feels out of place, and notes... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...Park. She says Gatsby never fell out of love with Daisy and bought his giant mansion in West Egg to be across the bay from her. He had hoped that the... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...he returns they are blissfully happy. Gatsby then takes them on a tour of his mansion. In Gatsby's bedroom, as he tells Daisy about staring at the green light on her... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...Gatsby's relationship with Myrtle and Wilson swirl, and reporters and other gossips prowl around the mansion looking for stories. (full context)
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...telegram arrives from his father, Henry C. Gatz. Mr. Gatz arrives in person at Gatsby's mansion a few days later. He appears old, dressed in cheap clothing, and is devastated by... (full context)