What Does The Color Mean In The Great Gatsby

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Throughout history, in literature color has played an emblematic and meaningful role in the work of many authors. “Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak”-Allen Klein (Klein). From the green light on Daisy’s dock, to the dull Valley of Ashes, almost every color in this novel has a hidden message behind it. In the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, a man by the name of Jay Gatsby, who grew up on a poor farm in North Dakota, attempts to achieve the American Dream. In that process he falls in love with a woman named Daisy Buchanan. When Gatsby goes off to war, Daisy gets married to a rich man, Tom Buchanan. Gatsby devotes the rest of …show more content…
Green “symbolizes Gatsby’s original dream and hope, his ceaseless pursuit of his dream.”(Haibing 41) Nick Carraway, the narrator, had “thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the greenlight at the end of Daisy’s dock.”(Fitzgerald 180) The green light symbolized the hope that Daisy would soon be his again. “In Gatsby’s eyes, the green light just represents Daisy, who is his lifelong pursuit and dream.”(Haibing 41) The color green represents the entire plot of this novel, which is Gatsby’s dream to win over Daisy. Not only did Gatsby want to impress Daisy and win her over, the light “symbolized his quest for an ‘orgastic future’ with Daisy.”(Brozak) Once Gatsby and Daisy reunited, there was a big difference between the real Daisy and the fantasy Daisy. “So now the green light seems to have lost its original significance and the fascinating charm.”(Haibing 41) Since Daisy did not meet the magnificent standards that Gatsby set for her in his dreams, the green light loses its luster for him. This situation also symbolizes that the American Dream, which Gatsby is pursuing, is a beautiful reverie but a fragile reality. (Haibing 41) Green symbolizes the hope which motivates Gatsby to strive for his dream, finally winning

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