The theme of ghosts occurs a lot throughout the novel to display similarities to ghosts and juxtaposition too. I have seen all around the internet how many people are finding it difficult to relate the theme of ghosts and supernatural behaviour to that in The Great Gatsby. Yes, there are no literal ghosts present in the novel. However, the characteristics and appearance of ghosts are highlighted throughout the novel.
- P131 ‘The mouth was wide open and ripped a little at the corners’. Myrtle’s death came across with a vivid description of her body. Her dead body is described in a way to make her seem extremely far away from being spiritual or ghostly. This creates an ideology that the poor, as well as sacrificing their selves for the rich’s happiness, are not important or worthy enough to be looked upon spiritually. They are just mere bodies when they die.
‘They were both in white, and their dresses were rippling and fluttering’.
Fitzgerald portrays Daisy and
Jordanas goddesses here being at the absolute peak of beauty. Some would say the white flickering dresses can be seen to relate to ghosts. This makes the women seem like they have supernatural powers just like ghosts. The breezy element is a leitmotif for Daisy to illustrate how she is easily blown and manipulated. Daisy's appearance also makes it hard to believe she is real. She seems too white and pure making it hard to believe Daisy.