Colors And Symbolism In The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Throughout literary history, authors have used various colors as important symbolism in many different genres of literature. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby,” he is able to use a surplus of colors as symbolism in his story. Not only are these colors used as symbolism, but some of them actually impact the outcome of the story. Some of the colors are feeling based, like the color green. The Great Gatsby is about a poor man named Jay Gatsby who eventually becomes rich, he also has a strong love for a girl that he cannot have named Daisy Buchanan. Colors play an essential role throughout the story; the story is affected by certain colors as well as all of the characters are affected by a few colors. Most of the colors that F. Scott …show more content…
It represents Gatsby’s never ending love for Daisy, his desire to become old money, and to keep fighting to win her heart. There is a green light across the bay from Gatsby at the end of a dock. Every time he looks at that light he is reminded of her, “I glanced seaward-and distinguished nothing except a single green light,” (Fitzgerald 25). The green light belongs to Daisy and it reminds Gatsby of her every time he looks at it. As stated before, green is the most significant color in the novel, and it really only has one true meaning, “Green stands for a variety of meanings, but it mainly it means not faded,” (Huber). Green truly symbolizes Gatsby’s never ending, and never fading love for Daisy. Then, later in the story a huge turn of events occurs and Gatsby unfortunately passes away and never had the chance to marry Daisy. Now that green light meant nothing anymore, “Now it was again a green light on a dock,” (Fitzgerald 90). Not only is green the focal point of the whole story, but it is easily the most noticeable, “The color green is probably the most recognizable use of color symbolism in the novel,” (Brozak). All Gatsby’s life he thought about Daisy Buchanan and how he could find a way to be with her. So green consistently shows up throughout the story. Most of the colors F. Scott Fitzgerald used do not have as much impact on the story like …show more content…
Blue is not a very happy and cheerful color, but instead it is dark and gloomy. This mostly applies to Gatsby’s life because he never really had any true friends, all of his parties were full of random people that no one even knew, “In his blue gardens men and girls came and went,” (Fitzgerald 41). Gatsby had people walking through his house that he didn’t even know because he wanted to get Daisy to go to one of the parties. So his parties were all meaningless until one night when he met Nick Carraway, which eventually led up to Daisy actually showing up to one of his parties. On another token blue can also be associated with death, “After Myrtle’s death George Wilson and Mr. Michaelis are in a blue mood,” (Fitzgerald 151). There is never a point in the story when blue is used positively, blue is especially used when someone of importance passes away. Yellow is also categorized the same as

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