Color Symbolism In The Great Gatsby Analysis

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The novel makes a naturalism argument about ambition in that humans are ever reaching for that which they do not have, but are thwarted by factors out of their control. Starting at the top of the social hierarchy, the story illustrates that the wealthy will stay comfortable within their class, take advantage of others’ desire to ascend all the while barring them entrance to the upper echelons of society. The Buchanans, that exemplify the upper class, are unsatisfied with both their marriage and station in life and seek happiness outside of their social class. In this, the reader is constantly bombarded with color symbolism when it comes to these two. When one first meets them at their house on East Egg, they are surrounded by red, white,…show more content…
For example, Myrtle is a resident of the Valley of Ashes. She is poor, lower class, and in an adulterous affair with Tom Buchanan. She revels in spending Tom’s money, as seen in chapter two, and attempts to raise her station in life. She is denoted by the color cream in her dress, white, but not quite. Unfortunately, Tom has no plans to marry her. He lies to her about Daisy’s religious status as an excuse to keep her off his back in terms of marriage. Another is the great Gatsby himself: Gatsby was born as Jay Gatz, into a family dirt poor. He climbed the social ladder to a vast amount of wealth doing shady business for the sole purpose of getting with Daisy. He too, is cream, from his suits to his car; he is “new money” on West Egg. But to his detriment, he is not good enough to get with Daisy, for his wild parties are not to her liking and the company he keeps is too distasteful. Despite all his opulence, she cannot bring herself to leave Tom, leaving Gatsby in the
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