Color Symbolism in the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay example

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Colors are an essential part of the world around us. They can convey messages, expressing that which words do not. Gentle blue tones can calm a person and bright yellows can lift the spirits. If an artist is trying to express sorrow or death he often uses blacks blues, and grays basically he uses dreary colors. Without one word, a driver approaching a red traffic light knows to stop. Colors are representative of many things. In his novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses color symbolism throughout as a major device in thematic and character development. He uses colors to symbolize the many different intangible ideas in the book. Throughout the book characters, places, and objects are given "life" by colors, especially the more …show more content…
Gatsby’s world was filled with the yellow of corruption. He drove a yellow Rolls-Royce, the car that caused the death of Myrtle Wilson. At his lavish parties on West Egg Island, yellow cocktail music played as hordes of guests, including two girls in twin yellow dresses took part in illegal drinking and promiscuity. Jay Gatsby had mob ties in the city of Chicago, and when Nick returned to the Midwest, the sight of the murky yellow cars of Chicago rooted itself in his memory. Gatsby was a man who knew what he wanted and did not care to do whatever it took to acquire it. He would resort to terrible activities such as bootlegging and lies. He did anything to get the wealth that he thought would win over Daisy Buchanan. Fittingly, the last time Gatsby was seen alive, he "disappeared among the yellowing trees (167)." Gatsby was not the only one surrounded by the corruption of the color yellow. Yellow seemed to surround George Wilson's home in the Valley of Ashes. His house is made of yellow brick and is the only place that is strictly referred to as yellow in the novel. The house contains infected individuals; both Myrtle and George. Moral decay is apparent in Mr. Wilson when he eventually plots and decides to kill Jay. While regaining his composure from losing his Myrtle in an accident caused by Gatsby's car, Mr. Wilson continually refers to the Gatsby’s
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