Color Symbolism In The Great Gatsby Essay

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Colors are known to symbolize certain feelings or moods. In the novel The Great Gatsby the author F. Scott Fitzgerald uses specific colors to represent characters and feelings in many ways. On the Long Island Sound in the 1920’s, people are separated into three social classes, old money, new money, and the poor working class. West Egg is a lot less fashionable coming from new money; Nick Carraway and Mr. Jay Gatsby live in West Egg. East Egg has people who can trace their family wealth back generations, like Daisy and Tom Buchanan. Only one thing separates these two eggs, the Valley of Ashes; a small run-down gloomy part of town. People in the Valley of Ashes are constantly working, and fighting for their money. Color symbolism plays an essential …show more content…
In the novel, it represents Gatsby’s life without Daisy, his failure to repeat the past with her, and how he dies unsuccessful without attaining Daisy as his wife. “In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.” (Fitzgerald 39) The feeling of sadness was shown in Gatsby’s yard. All Gatsby ever wanted was to get Daisy back, and repeat their love from years before. Feeling hopeless, his gardens represented the sadness he had. By Fitzgerald describing Gatsby’s atmosphere as “blue gardens,” the reader can infer that Gatsby is currently going through a sad or lonely period of time in life. “… ghostly birds began to sing among the blue leaves.” (Fitzgerald 152) Along with the blue lawn, leaves were also seen as blue. The yard had no character to it that represented something happy for Gatsby. Blue is symbolizing his life without Daisy, and Fitzgerald represents his life by using that color to describe his emotions during the present time. “He had come a long way to this blue lawn…” (Fitzgerald 159) After Gatsby had died; Nick wanted to go visit his friend at the graveyard. The lawn leading up to Gatsby’s grave is described as being blue. Gatsby’s sadness is represented with the blue lawn at his gravesite. He spent all his living days that led up to his death trying extremely hard to become close with Daisy again, but it just wasn’t going to work out. All the effort Gatsby put in didn’t pay off, and he died unhappily without the love of

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