The Colored Tragedies And Endings

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Natalia Spritzer Great Gatsby Essay Responding to Literature Final Draft The colored tragedies and endings The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of the most recognized American novels. The love-story relates and molds itself into the prominent era of Prohibition, and bases itself off the drunken and impetus glory of the American culture. Fitzgerald’s writing plays with the complex and intricate meaning; his magnificent descriptions, metaphors, and character development beam through the pages of the novel. While looking into his descriptions and symbolism, Fitzgerald resorts into regarding the use of color in the story as a form of structure for symbolism. The use of the color Blue, White, and Yellow are prominent components…show more content…
And not only is it an illusion for Gatsby’s guests, but for him himself; Gatsby had confined himself to his fantasies and dreams of him and Daisy finally being together – which was then proved unachievable - The ‘blue’ and enormous parties are only a lure for her to come by "he had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it" (p.182). Since blue represents illusion and alternatives to reality, the eyes of T.J. Eckleburg symbolize an intense and near spiritual or religious hallucination; almost like a God, “The eyes of Doctor T.J Eckleburg are blue and gigantic-“ (p.23). The bespectacled giant eyes are located right over the valley of ashes; “- a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air. Occasionally a line of gray cars crawls along an invisible track, gives out a ghastly creak, and comes to rest, and immediately the ash gray men swarm up with leaden spades and stir up an impenetrable cloud, which screens their obscure operations from your sight. But above the gray land and spasms of bleak dust which drift endlessly over it, you perceive, after a moment, the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg.” (p.23) T.J Eckleburg’s eyes present a contrast
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