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At the time that the initial explorers arrived at America while trying to evade the corruption that was evident in old world that they hailed from looking for the promised new world, they made a journey from the east heading west. At the moment, there is a widespread corruption in America and therefore the characters evident in the novel “The Great Gatsby” make a journey from the east to the west as they try to look for the wealth in addition to sophistication. At the time, they tend to abandon the moral values in addition to the stability inherent in the west as they moved ahead. Fitzgerald represented the eastern part as the “valley of ashes" in which case all the morals have been left out allowing only the people who are superficial as well driven by material things to peacefully live. The change in the direction has also been used by Fitzgerald in a manner of symbolizing the extent of the deterioration of the ideals of the Americans in addition to American Dream (Fitzgerald, 2008). This therefore leads to the deduction that the quest of people for wealth in addition to sophistication is resultant to the corruption of the culture of the people. This leads to a situation whereby the people are exposed to a situation of living in a wasteland of the morals in the form of the civilization heap (Lathbury,  2000).

However, although in consideration of the entire symbolism that is evident in the novel “The Great Gatsby” when assembled in one part is responsible for presentation of the most important theme that is implied by Fitzgerald   This is that the entire idealism as well as spirituality among the Americans has been subject to corruption as a result of the material possessions in addition to the wealth. The dreams that are represented in the novel are never successful as a result of the contribution of the material wealth that must be possessed in order to achieve (Wyly, 2002). This therefore leads to the failure if Gatsby long before the beginning. This is an indication of the lands unrelenting nature that Fitzgerald characterizes as being ashes wasteland. This also implies such a time that the entire hope has been lost in favour of future and also the green light that is sacred turns to be nothing bigger than the light that is evident at the end of the dock of Daisy.

Nick, on Gatsby: "Gatsby turned out all right at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men" (6).1)  "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter - tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther … And one fine morning -     So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." (115).

Nick, on Gatsby's idealization of Daisy: "There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams -- not through her own fault but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion" (101). 

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