The Colors Of The Great Gatsby Essay

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The colors of The Great Gatsby
“People are so busy dreaming the American Dream, fantasizing about what they could be or have a right to be, that they 're all asleep at the switch. Consequently we are living in the Age of Human Error.” Says American author Florence King. King could have been talking about the characters in F. Scotts Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. The great Gatsby is about the roaring twenties when wealth and the American Dream meant a lot to people. Gatsby is not actually interested in achieving the American dream but feels like doing so he will be able to win back the heart of Daisy, who is stuck, like Florence King said, in a dream world were they need everything. The American Dream has been defined as the ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative. In The Great Gatsby, A man named Nick moves to the east coast and ends up living right next door to Jay Gatsby. It turns out that Gatsby has been in love with Daisy, Nick’s cousin, for many years, who Gatsby met when he was younger and less fortunate. However, Daisy ended up marrying a man of great wealth, which made him feel like him too had to reach the American Dream in order to win back Daisy’s heart. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses the colors green, gold, and grey to symbolically show the wealth in the American dream, which ultimately proves to be shallow and false, these colors also represent…

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