When Nick returns home from his cousins house, he spotted Gatsby outside on his dock: “—he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way…I glanced seaward—and distinguished nothing but a green light, that might have been at the end of a dock” (Fitzgerald 21). In the beginning of the book, we do not know what this green light means, but by the end of the story it goes to show it signifies Gatsby longing for Daisy’s love. Gatsby and Daisy used to date before he left for the war. Now that he is back and has found her, he wants her back. His arm being reached out represents his trying to reach his dreams.
In everyday life and works of literature, color symbolizes a wide variety of emotions to political status. When someone is feeling upset one often says “I’m feeling blue” or when someone is mad their face turns red giving that color the association with anger. Political status even uses color to represent each party, one is usually either a blue democrat or red republican. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, “The Great Gatsby” color plays a significant role throughout the story symbolizing emotions and social rankings. Colors such as green representing hope and money, grey portraying hopelessness and low class along with discontent, and yellow exemplifies destruction and desire.
The light is described as dimly discernible and comes from faraway places. This mystery underscores the fact that the green light is a symbol which also reveals American’s longing for their American dream. Although the American dream seems quite untouchable, people still eager for it. When Gatsby finally meet Daisy again, "If it wasn't for the mist we could see your home across the bay," said he. "You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock.”(Fitzgerald 121) In this time, Gatsby met Daisy that he admires day and night.
At that time, the green light becomes bleak because Gatsby is holding Daisy, it means he already reaches something so the green light is now just a normal thing for him. Next, the green light is also represents Gatsby’s powerful lure of success or money. “ And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.”(Fitzgerald 180) Now Gatsby is died, his business, mansion, money and social positions are all lost.
The use of color symbolism in The Great Gatsby is a very key and influential piece of the story throughout the entire book. Although Gatsby was never able to completely fulfill his dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, he was able to learn a few lessons along the way like nothing is forever and that the past truly cannot be recreated no matter how hard you try. So from now on every time watch or read something, it doesn’t matter if its from the 1800’s or from present day you will be able to detect and analyze the use of color symbolism throughout the
In the story by F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby symbolism is shown all throughout the story with Gatsby as he was in the war shows how he goes insane at times with other people. Another symbol used in the book is how the author uses “east and west eggs” to show two different villages where gatsby and daisy live. The most important symbol of the story was the green light at the end of daisy’s dock not only can symbolize the money that gatsby gained for Daisy but also shows Gatsby’s dream to change what happened, it gives Gatsby something to hope for. All in all Symbolism is shown all throughout the story with all the main characters but Gatsby stood out the most in the story; even being insane. The great Gatsby symbolizes trauma that one mahy experience after being in a war.
“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And one fine morning—” The Green Light in The Great Gatsby situates at the end of Daisy’s East Egg dock and barely visible from Gatsby’s West Egg lawn. The author Fitzgerald compares the green light to how America, rising out of the ocean, must have looked to early settlers of the new nation. The green light represents Gatsby’s incorruptible dreams for the future. Gatsby associates it with Daisy; he reaches toward it in the darkness as a guiding light to lead him to his goal.
Early in life, Gatsby invents who he wants to be in his mind, which is someone who works hard and moves up in society. This can be inferred from his early goals in the book that his dad shows Nick (Fitzgerald 173). Like George, Gatsby is also associated with the color green, further proving that this is his dream. For example, he wears a green jersey right before telling millionaire Dan Cody about the wind in an attempt to change his life (98). He also falls in love with Daisy, who to him is represented by a green light and thus embodies his dream as well (93).
If you are a Boston Sports Fan you will notice the colors green in the Garden, red at Fenway Park, and blue at Gillette Stadium. The colors unify the fans and let feel like a part of the team. The colors used in The Great Gatsby reveal the emotions and feelings the characters experience during the Roaring Twenties. In “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby tries to win back his lover Daisy with his new wealth and fortune. Nick Carraway tells a colorful story of his neighbor Jay Gatsby who strives for the American Dream to bring him happiness but eventually is destroyed by this dream.
The Significance of Symbols in the Great Gatsby In holding with the ideal of the American Dream, almost every child grows up with his or her parents wanting him or her to be better than they are and they long for their child to achieve and have more. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby wants better for himself. In this novel Gatsby longs to rekindle his relationship with Daisy Buchanan. Colors are used in the novel to represent some form of the American dream and show how corruption leads to destruction. The color white represents purity, nobleness, goodness, innocence, and wholeness.