Literary Features in The Great Gatsby and The Catcher in the Rye

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Symbolism is used in different ways in both the novels, ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ and I have explored the ways in which two different authors have used this literary feature to enhance meaning behind their novels. Fitzgerald uses colour imagery throughout ‘The Great Gatsby’, especially using the colour white which cleverly changes meaning as the story progresses. When the reader is first introduced to both Daisy Buchanan and Jordan Baker, they are first described as being “dressed in white” which portrays a sense of innocence and purity about them, especially as Fitzgerald then uses the metaphor “short flight around the room” which makes them appear angelic and portrays them as very beautiful, almost perfect women 1. This image demonstrated for the colour white is slowly diminished as the story continues as I believe Fitzgerald then uses it to establish a sense of corruptness and coldness within the upper class, this is evident when Nick dreams about a woman on a stretcher who is wearing a “white evening dress”. Fitzgerald juxtaposes the innocence and purity with her hand which is “cold with jewels” ultimately recreating the image in the readers mind of the colour white which creates a more sinister and corrupt meaning which then begins to become evident in the majority of the upper class. It also proves the carelessness and selfishness of the upper class as she is left alone and that most of this class seem to have a “cold” personality. Darren

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