Examples Of Color Symbolism In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby, a famous work by author F. Scott Fitzgerald was a jazz age novel written in 1925 following the move of Nick Carraway in search of his American dream. Living in the outskirts of New York, Carraway finds himself entangled in the love affair of Jay Gatsby, a mysterious millionaire and his cousin Daisy Buchanan. Portrayed as an eager character attracted to Gatsby’s extravagant lifestyle, Fitzgerald incorporated themes such as the world of the wealthy, the pursuit of the American dream, impossible love and tragedy. The most notable of all literary devices that are incorporated into the Great Gatsby, however; is the use of color symbolism throughout the entirety of the novel. The Scarlet Letter, another highly acknowledged fictitious novel is based in the historical setting of Puritan-Boston, Massachusetts circa the mid 17th century. Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850, Hawthorne depicts the story of an adulteress Hester Prynne who is forced to wear a scarlet ‘A’, symbolic of her adulterous, shameful past with her guilt stricken anonymous lover Arthur Dimmesdale, while her husband Roger Chillingworth tries to pursue his revenge on his unfaithful wife and bastard child, Pearl. Hawthorne incorporates thematic strains such as sin, guilt, the nature of evil, and the role of society. Similarly to The Great Gatsby, Hawthorne uses color symbolism in his novel The Scarlet Letter. It can be argued that while both texts The Great Gatsby and The Scarlet Letter share
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