The Colors of Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's Famous Novel

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F. Scott Fitzgerald is famous for the detail with which he crafted the quintessential American novel, The Great Gatsby. With his well-chosen words, Fitzgerald painted a fantastic portrait of life during the Roaring Twenties in the minds of his readers, a picture rich with color and excitement. Four colors: green, gold, white, and gray played key roles in the symbolic demonstration of ideas and feelings which, woven together seamlessly, made The Great Gatsby a world-renowned work of literary genius. Some of the most well-known and intriguing symbolic imagery in The Great Gatsby comes from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s use of the color green. Fitzgerald used green primarily to represent two human traits in Gatsby: longing for things beyond one’s…show more content…
As described by Carraway, “The front [of the house] was broken by a line of French windows, glowing now with the reflected gold…” (6). Fitzgerald included this description of the mansion to provide a contrast between the Buchanans and Gatsby. Although the Buchanan house was red and white, Carraway described it as almost radiating a golden aura. This golden sheen of the Buchanan palace represented what Tom and Daisy considered to be the inherent dignity imbued in them as gentility. Gatsby lacked this air of wealth and power as a member of the Nouveau riche. Fitzgerald used the color gold in this instance to represent the status and position in the pantheon of the American rich that Gatsby desired but could not achieve due to his humble beginnings. Although Gatsby desired to achieve his childhood goals by reaching the maximum degree of American opulence, he sought much more than that to win the hand Daisy Buchanan. Growing up in Louisville, Daisy was pursued by countless eligible men; only one was successful in winning her affections. The narrator described her as “…High in a white palace the king’s daughter, the golden girl…” (120). Fitzgerald’s characterization of her as “the golden girl” was no mistake. He used the color gold to describe her immense worth in the eyes of Gatsby. After a short but passionate relationship, Daisy was forced to cease contact with Gatsby due to his low social standing. Gatsby
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