The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald

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Take a look around you, and you will find a myriad of different colors in which you might not think much of, but in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald colors represent different ideas. Fitzgerald utilizes symbolism in the colors of certain objects throughout the novel to reveal a deeper meanings and to enhance the reader’s experience. Fitzgerald introduces Gatsby while he is reaching his hand out to a green light across the bay; the color green stands for something unattainable yet desirable. Colors are also symbolized through the outfits the characters wear in certain parts of the novel. Another prevalent symbol in the novel is Gatsby’s car, which is originally a cream color representing false purity but changes to an arresting yellow, symbolizing death and corruption. In the rising action of the novel Nick finds Gatsby alone on his lawn with “his arm toward the dark water in a curious way, and, far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward--and distinguished nothing except a single green light” (Fitzgerald 21). The source of the green light is later revealed to be at the end of Tom and Daisy Buchanan’s dock. The green light symbolizes the American Dream and Daisy, both of which Gatsby is very close to achieving, though not quite close enough. “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us” (Fitzgerald 180). Throughout the novel Gatsby held on to the hope that he can have a
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