The Use Of Color Symbolism In The Great Gatsby

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Throughout history, colors have been used symbolically in most forms of literature, and this color symbolism can be found in almost any famous novel. The reason for this is that colors are the universal language of emotion. Colors, in literature, can show so many traits about people places and objects such as emotional state, social class, and even their meaning in the theme of the story. For this reason, color symbolism is an extremely important part of literature, especial in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. This Novel undoubtedly uses the most color symbolism out of any book I have ever read, using colors to explain people, places, and emotions.

To start off, in The Great Gatsby, one of the most frequent colors that show up is the color golden and yellow. As said by Herbert Huber in his article about color symbolism in this novel, golden symbolizes richness, happiness, success
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Red is what everybody wants; love, happiness, and most of all, money. Huber, in his article, basically says that red is a symbol for life, joy, and love. (Huber) but it goes a little farther than that. Schneider say’s, more appropriately, “It stands for the dream because it is one of the glittering colors of Gatsby’s romantic universe.” (Schneider 6) In the book, the dream for everybody, especially Gatsby, is to be in a place like the Buchanan’s. In the beginning of the book, When Nick first goes to visit Tom and Daisy’s house he describes their home and the things in it as red. For example, “We walked through a high hallway into a bright rosy-colored space” (Fitzgerald 13) Later on, While Nick is in the Buchanan household, he mentions about the entire room again as, “Inside, the crimson room bloomed with light” (Fitzgerald 22) the life that the Tom and Daisy Live inside their home is the dream of every underclassman in America; and

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