Symbols, Symbolism, and Metaphor in The Great Gatsby Essay

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Metaphors and Symbolisms in The Great Gatsby

In the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses many different

metaphors and symbolisms to express his point. In this essay the point that

I wish to make is how Fitzgerald uses colors to develop image, feelings, and

scenery depiction to let the reader feel the emotions and other aspects being

portrayed in that particular part in the book. Like every other essay one

must address the major points that will be addressed. This essay suggests

the hopefulness of Nick's venture in the East and of Gatsby's dream to win

Daisy. Fitzgerald uses the colors of white and green as suggestions of

future promise.
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The next colors that I will address are silver and gold. Gold is portrayed

in many different places in this novel. Earlier, in Gatsby's life, he was

deeply in love with a young woman named Daisy. She had been his life's

aspiration, and he had always one day dreamed of being with her once more.

She didn't stay with Gatsby in that earlier part of their lives because he

wasn't wealthy, and couldn't completely pamper her every need. As he

matured, he understood that because of her upbringing as the town "southern

bell", and being very spoiled, to win her heart, he must too become a man of

great wealth. This is where the depiction of gold starts to take place.

Gatsby wishes to lure Daisy back to him, using the appeal of his wealth and

power as a tool. A daisy flower, if you think about it closely, has a yellow

or golden center. All Daisy's life she has required a certain attending to.

Gold is a symbol of wealth. This is a re-occurring image that is seen

throughout Gatsby's parties and vulgar displays of prosperity. Many of the

extravagant parties that Gatsby had to lure Daisy to his house, take place in

West Egg. West Egg, as well as East Egg, although appear to be the home of

great and honorable men and women; they are
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