A Fluid Mosaic Of Color

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Jacob Knauer Mr. McMahon English 10H Block 1 10 March 2015 A Fluid Mosaic of Color F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, follows the story of Jay Gatsby, a man who personifies the American Dream. The narrator of the novel is Gatsby 's neighbor, Nick Carraway, who is connected with all the main characters and has the ability to see the good in Gatsby. Through the focus of Nick, a man with a fairly nondescript background, a story of corruption, illusion and desperate desire unfolds. The story takes place in the roaring twenties, a time that emphasizes the dichotomy of society, with the previously rich and the newly rich living a life of jubilance, while those in the valley of ashes—or other areas of the like—slave away their…show more content…
Throughout the novel, Fitzgerald manages to draw the attention of the reader to miniscule details and symbols in the text. He uses colors to communicate to the reader feelings and attitudes of the protagonists. Color symbolism, in many ways, plays a large role in the novel. It is the most powerful method of granting the reader insight into the personality of a character; it reveals the hidden ideas and values. The style of symbolism that is most riddled throughout the text is the attachment of ideas to colors. Some of the color based symbols used are vague, while some are specific. The colors most prominently represented are the hope and purity of white, the optimism of green, the wealth of gold and the faux wealth of yellow. In The Great Gatsby, the color white stands for unblemished, honorable, and pure perfection. When Nick is moving in, one of the first things he happens to notice is how "Across the courtesy the white palaces of fashionable East Egg glittered along the water..." (Fitzgerald 5). The East Egg is seen as old money; it is a lifestyle that is merely an aspiration at best. Perfection shines from across the bay, in the area where the born-rich live. It is the area that you cannot work your way into, no matter how hard you try. Again, when Nick sees the Buchanans’ house up close, he describes that even “The windows were ajar and gleaming white." (Fitzgerald 13). Inside the perfect house as
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