The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, colors represent a variety of symbols that relate back to the American Dream. The dream of being pure, innocent and perfect is frequently associated with the reality of corruption, violence, and affairs. Gatsby’s desire for achieving the American Dream is sought for through corruption (Schneider). The American Dream in the 1920s was perceived as a desire of wealth and social standings. Social class is represented through the East Egg, the West Egg, and the Valley of the Ashes. The two eggs show how the characters have obtained their wealth, what they value, and how they live their lives. F. Scott Fitzgerald models the character of Jay Gatsby after himself and financial and romantic experiences in his personal life. The Great Gatsby summarizes the yearning for the American dream in the 1920s, through the wealth of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s characters and through the imagery of colors. The importance of wealth and social standings is emphasized throughout the novel. The East and West Eggs are separated by the Valley of the Ashes. The people living in the East Egg acquired their money through inheritance and without having to work for it. The people living in the West Egg have worked for their money to achieve the American Dream. The West Egg is symbolic of more traditional moral and social values, while the East Egg symbolizes social and moral deterioration. Gray represents the hopelessness of the people in the Valley
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