What Does The Color Green Symbolize In The Great Gatsby

1042 Words 5 Pages
At first glance F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”( MLA) is simply about a man and his pursuit of love. But in reality there is so much more to it than that. In order to fully comprehend the characters, the places and the events in the book, one must read between the lines. Fitzgerald writes in a fashion that allows a critically thinking reader to infer things that are not stated outright. There are several recurring themes in this book like wealth, geography and most notoriously colour. Fitzgerald uses colour to enhance the symbolism of the people and places in the novel. Places like the valley of ashes, West and East Egg, and New York, as well as the characters such as Daisy, Jordan, Tom, Myrtle and Gatsby, are associated with colour symbolically. …show more content…
This colour that has the greatest impact on the story where it is seen at the end of Daisy 's dock. “the "single green light" on Daisy 's dock that Gatsby gazes wistfully at from his own house across the water”(1.152, 9.149) The green lights is symbolic for multiple reasons. The green light on Daisy 's dock represents the difference of social classes. Geography is not the only difference between West Egg and East Egg. Those who inhabit East Egg are distinguished, conservative and financially responsible. Completely contrary to Gatsby. The green light on the end of the dock represents a higher social status that Gatsby cannot simply obtain with money. That green light also represents the realisations of Gatsby’s view of the American dream. Wealth is a factor in the American dream but as depicted in the great gatsby, is not a guarantee of it. Gatsby believes he can achieve his dream of recreating the love that he and Daisey once shared, but his dream was destined for failure the moment he left for the

Related Documents