The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1929 Words Apr 28th, 2016 8 Pages
Though caught in the haze of the adventure and thrill of the Roaring 20’s, Fitzgerald does not fail to dig deeper and examine the reality of living during this era. The author analyzes this reality by observing the role that color can play in such an intricate story. The Great Gatsby’s use of color in the novel is symbolic of both internal and external aspects of the lives of these East and West Egg character. Along with color usage, Fitzgerald goes even deeper to express the true purpose of the eyes of T.J, Eckleburg watching over the main characters throughout the novel. First and foremost representing Gatsby’s innermost feelings is the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. This light is one of the very first times a color is made evident in the novel as it is directly referred to at the end of chapter one and is directly proportionate to Gatsby’s true feelings for and about Daisy. Though the green light seems to be a big take away from the story, it really only appears in the novel three times, though its significance surrounds the whole plot. When Nick Carraway first sees this figure, Gatsby, standing reaching for the green light at the end of the dock across the water, we are able to infer that this represents Gatsby initially yearning for Daisy. Daisy is his dream and he never wants to be without her; however, since she is now married to a rich man living in East Egg, he uses this light to keep some type of connection with her until he can build up the nerve to…

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